Police Health Professionals’ Knowledge and Practices in Educating Officers about Trauma and Health

Judith P. Andersen, Konstantinos Papazoglou

Abstract


Research has shown a connection between trauma exposure and elevated health risks among police officers. This study explored police health professionals’ knowledge and current practices in educating officers about the trauma-health relationship. Results indicated the main method of education included lectures and seminars, but participants expressed an openness to include practical exercises such as mindfulness and yoga. The majority of survey participants were aware of the connection between critical incident exposure and physical disease conditions. Participants were open to learning trauma prevention techniques to improve health and wellness and to promote resilience.

Keywords: police health professionals, adversities, prevention, trauma and health, resilience, training

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[JLE] ISSN 2161-0231 (Online)

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