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NCJ Number: 97188 Find in a Library
Title: After a Cop Kills
Corporate Author: MTI
United States of America
Project Director: J F Lovett
Date Published: 1983
Sponsoring Agency: MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film considers the nature of and means of dealing with the stress experienced by police officers who have suffered severe injury or killed in self-defense while on duty.
Abstract: Incidents which precipitated such stress in particular officers in the Miami and Hialeah, Fla., police departments are reenacted. Interviews with the involved officers and psychologists with the Miami department indicate the symptoms of 'postshooting trauma:' loss of interest in social interaction and sexual contact, loss of appetite, nightmares, heavy drinking, and contemplation of suicide. The film contrasts the way in which officers in the Hialeah department, which has no professional stress management program, have coped with stress compared with the officers in the Miami department, which has a stress management program operated by two psychologists. The Miami program provides individual counseling for officers undergoing stress and stress management training for all officers. Eighty percent of the Nation's police departments are indicated to have no organized stress management program, even though the police psychologists interviewed in the film advise that such programs can help prevent severe psychological and physical deterioration from occupational stress. Suicide is noted to be a particular problem among police officers. A discussion guide accompanies the film.
Index Term(s): Assaults on police; Audiovisual aids; Counseling; Florida; Police occupational stress; Police use of deadly force; Psychiatric services; Stress management; Suicide
Note: 16mm, 12 minutes running time, color, discussion guide, rental is available from sales source.
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