BUFFALO, N.Y. — Police work is one of the most stressful jobs in society, but little is known about the effects of this stress on an officer’s long-term health.
John Violanti, PhD, professor of social and preventive medicine in the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, hopes to fill this information void through a five-year $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The research will study how job stress affects officers over time and will provide information on specific causes of stress on police. The findings will be used to develop prevention programs for officers.
“Certain characteristics of police work, such as shift work, long work hours, high demands and exposure to trauma have been associated with increased levels of psychological stress and, in some cases, with adverse cardiovascular outcomes,” says Violanti.