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Dealing with Police Stress.

Furgstenberg MH
NIOSH 1975 Dec:217-225
The history of the development of Boston Police Department's program for dealing with stress of its police officers is detailed, and the program itself is briefly described and assessed. The impetus came from a former alcholic and Boston police officer, who met with great resistance from the police union and fellow officers and supervisors, but after five years managed to have the program officially implemented. The program is independent of the police department, and essentially deals with alcoholism, although the intent was to deal with all types of stresses and their consequences. It mainly provides counselling and detoxification and assistance in a limited extent for other problems such as drugs, finances, medical problems. In its year of existence it has treated 91 alcoholics, 9 couples with problems not related to alcohol, one psychotic, three officers depressed by deaths and two officers who killed people and suffered as a result. In addition, it tries to increase understanding of stress and counsellor training. The program is considered to be deficient in scope and administrative efficiency, but is considered a limited success and to have value for other police departments.
Psychological-stress; Programs; Psychological-factors; Drug-abuse; Sociological-factors; Law-enforcement-officers; Patrolmen; Emotional-disorders; Emotional-stress; Psychological-disorders;
Publication Date
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Fiscal Year
Identifying No.
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-187
NIOSH Division
Priority Area
Psychologic Disorders; Psychological-disorders;
Source Name
Job Stress and the Police Officer: Identifying Stress Reduction Techniques, Proceeding of a Symposium, Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, NIOSH, HEW Publication No. (NIOSH) 76-187
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