The patterns of injury, illness and homicide among police officers are often predictable. Based on international research, this paper outlines a range of preventive strategies for reducing risk in police occupational health and safety. Technical interventions may include: body armour, capsicum sprays, unarmed combat skills, risk reduction during raids on clandestine drug laboratories, and reducing the risk of contracting communicable diseases. Administrative strategies may include improved recognition of high risk situations; reducing the risks of excessive stress and fatigue; and risk reduction through training, including training in conflict resolution skills.
This project was funded by the Crime Prevention Branch of the Criminal Justice Division, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.