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Research brief: police work and its health impacts

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 7

Bruce Swanton
ISBN 0 642 12220 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 1987

Abstract

The Australian Institute of Criminology undertook a preliminary retrospective study of police health for varying periods between 1966 and 1985. This research brief concentrates on selected findings during the decade 1976-85 regarding shootings and bombings, accidental deaths, deaths from other causes, non fatal assaults, invalidity and resignations. It examines whether the rates associated with these measures increased over time, and whether police officers in Australasia were significantly disadvantaged in comparison with other groups. Research implications are briefly noted.