1st Edition

Stress Inside Police Departments

By Jon Shane Copyright 2020
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers researchers, police practitioners, and policymakers a platform for organizational reform and an understanding of how the police organization creates stress, which contributes to reduced officer performance.

    This book, based on an in-depth study exploring the relationship between perceived organizational stressors and police performance, indicates which features of the police organization generate the most stress affecting performance, and provides a model of organizational stress that applies to police agencies. While much stress research portrays the operation of policing as the greatest source of contention among officers, this research shows the ever-present rigid hierarchical design of the police agency to be contributing factor of stress that affects performance.

    Ideal for scholars, police personnel, and policymakers who are interested in how the police organization contributes to lower officer performance, this book has implications for policing agencies in the United States and worldwide.

    Chapter 1: Police Stress in Today’s World

    A Look at the Problem

    Differentiating Stressors in Policing

    What Previous Studies Generally Reveal about Occupational Stress

    Implications of Organizational Stress

    Why This Study Matters

    Framework for the Study

    Chapter 2: What Methods Should We Use to Research Police Stress?

    Overview of the Research Design

    Research Questions

    Data Sources, Instruments and Validation


    Site Description and Selection

    Chapter 3: Stress in Policing: Where Does it Come From?

    A Model of Occupational Stress Applied to Police Organizations

    Organizational Antecedents to Stress

    Stressors in Organizational Life

    Perception and Cognition: The Appraisal Process

    Properties of the Person as Stress Mediators

    Properties of the Situation as Stress Mediators

    Responses to Stress

    Consequences of Stress

    What is Police Performance and What Does it Look Like?

    Chapter 4: Stress in Policing: What Does it Lead to?

    The Officers

    A Look at What the Data Tells Us

    Chapter 5: Stress in Police Work: What Does the Future Hold?

    Policy Implications

    Limitations of the Study

    Future Police Stress Research

    Where Does This Leave Us?




    Jon M. Shane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Shane has published in leading criminal justice and policing journals, including Crime Science, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Strategies and Management, and Police Practice and Research. Dr. Shane can be reached at [email protected].