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NCJ Number: 99636 Find in a Library
Title: Job Burnout Among Narcotics Investigators - An Exploratory Study
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:9  Dated:(1985)  Pages:549-559
Author(s): P A Wallace; R R Roberg; E Allen
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In exploring the relationship between narcotics investigators and job burnout in the United States, a sample of 115 East San Francisco Bay police officers from five law enforcement departments was drawn.
Abstract: Three subgroups (current narcotics investigators, former narcotics investigators, and patrol officers were used in the survey. The findings indicate that current narcotics investigators had significantly higher burnout scores than the comparison groups on most dimensions of burnout. Both former narcotics officers and patrol officers had similar burnout scores. Conclusions reached were that: (1) narcotics officers experienced a greater degree of job burnout while in the assignment; (2) this burnout was directly attributed to the working environments of the narcotics officers; and (3) burnout decreased once an officer left the assignment. Administrative and managerial implications for dealing with job burnout are discussed along with suggested techniques for dealing with, and minimizing, job burnout among narcotics officers. Future research issues are identified. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Burnout syndrome; California; Drug enforcement officers; Police management; Police occupational stress
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