Document Type

Technical Report

Publication Date

Spring 2014


Police -- Job stress, Stress management, Job stress


Working as a police officer can be a rewarding job, but it can also be a stressful one. Policing is one of the few professions where individuals deal with many stressors, which exceed the usual expectations of society. Although there is no way to eliminate stress and the burnout it can cause, there are methods law enforcement agencies can utilize to help officers prevent stress from worsening and to make it more manageable. This literature review contains information to help police agencies train officers about prevention and management of stress in the workplace. It is based on 29 studies from the United States, Australia, South Africa, India and The Netherlands. The review focuses on the definition and prevalence of police officer stress, characteristics of those most affected, better practices for prevention and management, and implications for policy and training.


Portland State University, Spring 2014 - Criminology and Criminal Justice Senior Capstone Class:

Brad Allen, Elizabeth Alvarado, Jeremy Anderson, Andrea Beck, Eunide Benjamin, Mason Berry, Joanna Bohnsack, Donald Boone, Lyndsay Cardwell, Cynthia Cervantes, Desiree Cimino, Jenna Colbert, Kristin Cook, Dona Davenport, Catherine Del Biaggio, Jeromy Delorme-King, Amber Diana, Ravyn Dunbar, Marc Elliott, Ross Ellis, Kristy English, Hector Equihua, Jeanmarie French, Leia Graf, Rebecca Grillone, Jasmine Haynes, Eduardo Hernandez, Andrea Herrera, Jacob Howitt, Robert Hughes, Tiffinee Hunley, Magda Jimenez, Cory Johnson, Jennifer Keller, Patrick Kennedy, Heather Kikkert, Tatiana Kosheleva, Maggie Kuhle, Brian Kujala, Betty-Jo Larsen, Victoria Lau, Renee Leidorf, Nicole Lenac, Michelle Lintner, Jessica Macomber, Natascha Martin, Siobhan McAlorum, Norma Menera, Tyler Mitchell, Michelle Modglin, Grady Nelson, Amy Nissl, Michael Pace, Dustin Pangelinan, Jacquelyn Patterson, Dashiell Porter, Rachel Ralston, Jennifer Rosenau, Brittany Rowe, Cecilia Salazar, Robert Sangelo, Michael Sargent, Jeff Schlecht, Mary Schneider, Ruby Shaffer, Katie Sichley, Dallis Smith, Trent Smith, Stephanie Speers, Melinda Tabor, Tanya Tkach, Gaerett Umphred, Brianna Unger, Vashek Usov, Stephen VanDover, Amy Vidan, Ryan Voss, Julie Watts, Jennifer Welch, Katherine Woods, Nicole Wooldridge

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