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NCJ Number: 204579 Find in a Library
Title: Police Peacekeeping: Health Risks and Challenges in a Post-conflict Environment
Journal: International Journal of Police Science & Management  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2003  Pages:229-244
Author(s): Edward N. Drodge; Yolande Roy-Cyr Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined negative outcomes experienced by police officers who have participated in post-conflict peacekeeping missions of the United Nations and other international agencies.
Abstract: Typically, police from countries with a history of stable democratic elections and an established system of law, order, and justice are called upon by the United Nations to assist in countries ravaged by war and civil unrest. Recognized police organizations such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have assisted local police with personnel resources to help restore civil order through the presence of a legitimate police force. The current study surveyed nearly 600 active and retired RCMP police officers who had participated in at least 1 peacekeeping mission. Responses were analyzed to determine baseline data on a range of work, interpersonal, and family issues experienced by police peacekeepers. The data were compared with previous sick-leave data collected as part of a work-attendance management project. The survey findings do not indicate that police peacekeepers experienced negative outcomes when they returned home to resume their policing duties. The level of extended sick leave was found to be lower for peacekeepers than for personnel who had not been on such a mission; and the average number of sick days taken by peacekeepers did not change significantly following a peacekeeping mission. Although alcohol consumption increased for peacekeepers during their mission, it returned to normal consumption for most officers following their return. The study concluded that participation in a peacekeeping mission did not pose an inordinate risk for police officers, and it was a positive experience for many. The screening and selection process thus has apparently been working well. 28 references
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign police; International cooperation; International police activities; Police occupational stress; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Stress management; United Nations (UN)
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