Objective: Current research was undertaken to distinguish whether there is a connection between situational, case related factors and a higher perception of occupational stress in police officers. A study including the viewpoints of active and retired police officers. Method: A total sample of N=51 police officers (N= 30 active, N= 21 retired) completed an original survey and a PSS (perceived stress scale) measure. Age ranges from 18 years old to 60+ with a fair mix of male and female participants. Results: Investigations into homicide (single and serial), rape and kidnappings emit the most stress regarding crime type. This is because these crimes include lengthy investigations, the crime is still ongoing (kidnapping) and they are more likely to go unsolved. Furthermore, stress levels are increased when children are involved in the crime whereby retired male officers are the most affected, when management support is inadequate and whether the responding officer has diagnosable mental or physical health problems. Conclusion: These findings can be applied to the psychosocial world of policing whereby officers should be encouraged to seek psychological aid following cases that involve the detail stated above.
Situational Factors; Case Related Factors; Crime Type; Children Involved; Inadequate Management Support; Mental/Physical Disorders