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Occupational health and safety risks faced by police officers

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 196

Claire Mayhew
ISBN 0 642 24217 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2001

Abstract

Based on a comprehensive international literature review of police occupational health and safety, this paper identifies the range of risks faced by police at work. These risks include: assault, death and homicide; communicable disease; stress and fatigue; and other work related injuries and illnesses, including substance abuse and injuries from investigation of clandestine drug laboratories.

This project was funded by the Crime Prevention Branch of the Criminal Justice Division, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.