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  NCJ Number: NCJ 184188   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Evaluating the Effects of Fatigue on Police Patrol Officers: Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Bryan J. Vila ; Dennis Jay Kenney ; Gregory B. Morrison ; Melissa Reuland
  Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America
  Date Published: 02/2000
  Page Count: 122
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This study evaluates the prevalence and effects of objectively measured fatigue on a sample of patrol officers.
  Abstract: The study analyzed data on police work hours, work hour policies and procedures, accidents, injuries, illnesses, misconduct, and citizen complaints. It included self-report surveys and focus groups involving officers and their families, as well as data derived from computer-based noninvasive eye reaction tests of readiness for duty. Officers who routinely worked more consecutive hours than would be legal in other public service industries displayed levels of fatigue six times higher than those found among shift workers in industrial and mining jobs. In addition, high levels of sleep pathologies were found from the self-report measures of sleep quality where only 26 percent of officers reported averaging the seven or more hours of sleep per day that research finds are minimally required for good health. The study examined many causes and correlates of fatigue and reached preliminary conclusions about fatigue’s impact on officers’ health, safety, and performance. The report offers guidelines for reducing fatigue or ameliorating its effects. References, appendixes, tables
  Main Term(s): Police
  Index Term(s): Work loads ; Testing and measurement ; Studies ; Occupational safety and health ; Physical fitness ; Medical evaluation ; Police occupational stress ; Police work scheduling ; NIJ final report
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 96-IJ-CX-0046;
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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