ABSTRACT

Studies on police officers with post traumatic stress disorder are very rare. Most studies focus on military veterans. However, there is increasing interest in other groups who are susceptible like victims of disaster, motor vehicle accidents, industrial disaster, rape, hostage, organized crime and police officers, fire fighters, health workers. According to studies, a large number of police officers who had recently been exposed to a critical incident has severe stress and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms impact on morale, absenteeism, health, early retirement, negative family relationships. In this study, I inquired into the actual level of post traumatic stress disorder among police officers and compared and analyzed the level of post traumatic stress disorder according to demographic characteristics. And I wanted to provide useful data for policy making. The level of post traumatic stress disorder among police officers was relatively high, when compared to other studies. And Statistically significant difference was found in gender. Finally, I suggested some countermeasures. I presented the management of police officers who are suffering and vulnerable to post traumatic stress disorder, the reinforcement of social support net, the application of employee assistance programs, the introduction of critical incident stress management, the training of management techniques for post traumatic stress disorder.

KEYWORD

Police Officers, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident, Stress, Countermeasures.

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