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NCJ Number: 49712 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIETY'S VICTIM - POLICEMEN - AN ANALYSIS OF JOB STRESS IN POLICE WORK
Journal: POLISTIDNINGEN  Volume:74  Issue:9  Dated:(1977)  Pages:300-301
Author(s): G CEDERMARK
Corporate Author: Svenska Polisfoerbundet
Sweden
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Svenska Polisfoerbundet
Stockholm 5, 102 46, Sweden
Format: Article
Language: Swedish
Country: Sweden
Annotation: 'AN ANALYSIS OF JOB STRESS IN POLICING,' A BOOK BY WILLIAM H. KROES, DISCUSSES EFFECTS OF JOB STRESS ON THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF POLICE OFFICERS AND OFFERS SUGGESTIONS FOR RELIEVING STRESS.
Abstract: CERTAIN STRESS FACTORS THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO THE POLICE PROFESSION INCLUDE THE NEGATIVE PUBLIC ATTITUDE TOWARD POLICE WORK WHICH GIVES THE PROFESSION A LOW STATUS, DIFFICULTIES ARISING FROM WORKING IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE SOCIAL VALUES CONFLICT WITH JOB VALUES, AND LACK OF SUPPORT BY SUPERVISORY STAFF. THE BOOK SUGGESTS THAT POLICE ADMINISTRATORS TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE JOB-STRESS FACTORS. OPEN DISCUSSION OF JOB PROBLEMS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED AMONG STAFF AND AMONG PERSONNEL FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS, AND FREE-TIME RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SHOULD BE SET UP FOR STAFF. EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO PLACE POLICE OFFICERS IN ASSIGNMENTS WHERE THEY ARE MOST CONTENT OR FOR WHICH THEY ARE MOST QUALIFIED, AND OFFICERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISIONMAKING PROCESSES WHICH AFFECT THEM. THESE MEASURES COULD RESULT IN BETTER RELATIONS AMONG POLICE DEPARTMENTS, LESS ABSENTEEISM, HIGH PRODUCTIVITY, AND AN INCREASE IN PROFESSIONAL STATUS OF POLICE WORK. POLICE TRAINING AND EDUCATION SHOULD ALSO EMPHASIZE WAYS TO REDUCE JOB STRESS. POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO A HEALTH CLINIC WHERE THEY CAN RECEIVE COUNSELING OR HELP WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. IT IS NOTED THAT THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN) HAS BEEN DOING WORK ON POLICE JOB STRESS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. SEE NCJ-32250. --IN SWEDISH. (DAG)
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Job pressure; Police management; Police personnel; United States of America
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