Slide presentations are available at the bottom of this page.
Learn about the causes of police officer stress and fatigue, including the impact on performance: www.nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/officer-safety/stress-fatigue/welcome.htm
NIJ’s most recent research on sleep disorders and the impact of officer schedules, overtime and overnight shifts: www.nij.gov/nij/topics/law-enforcement/officer-safety/stress-fatigue/sleep-disorders.htm
Article in the NIJ Journal on sleep deprivation by panelist Bryan Vila: www.nij.gov/journals/262/sleep-deprivation.htm
“Shifts, Extended Work Hours, and Fatigue: An Assessment of Health and Personal Risks for Police Officers,” a 2012 report by panelist John Violanti: www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=260001
NIJ Journal article “Sleep Disorders, Work Shifts and Officer Wellness” by Beth Pearsall, which explores recent work done by panelist Karen Amendola: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/238487.pdf (PDF)
Last year, 177 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty and 143 committed suicide. These deaths are devastating and unacceptable. The National Institute of Justice has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. The experts on this panel discussed some of the evidence-based practices and policies that law enforcement agencies can put into operation to reduce officer deaths and improve wellness and performance.
- Bryan Vila, Professor, Washington State University, will discuss his work on officer fatigue.
- Karen Amendola, Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation, will discuss advantages and disadvantages of 8-, 10- and 12-hour shifts.
- John Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, will discuss the long-term impact of police work, including suicide.
- Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, will comment on how police leaders can incorporate these research findings into their management and day-to-day work.
Moderator: Brett Chapman, PhD, NIJ Social Science Analyst.