Police and security officer experiences of occupational violence and injury in Australia

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Title Police and security officer experiences of occupational violence and injury in Australia
Author Ferguson, Patricia Maree; Prenzler, Timothy James; Sarre, R; Cairres, B de
Journal Name International Journal of Police Science and Management
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Abstract This study employed national workers’ compensation data to examine and compare the nature and prevalence of work-related injuries and occupational violence experienced by Australian security officers and police between 2000 and 2008. The study found that while security officers’ work-related injuries overall occurred at half the rate of police officers’, the rates of occupational violence were about equal and followed the same trend over time — rising during the mid 2000s and then declining steadily. However, injuries to security officers appeared more serious than those experienced by police. Security officers were twice as likely to sustain a head injury and, on average, lost about six weeks more work than police. Compared with all other Australian occupations, security and police were in the top three highest claiming occupations for work-related injuries and deaths from occupational violence, with security officers at number one in both instances. The findings add to the very limited literature on injuries and violence experienced by police and security officers. However, the findings also show the need for more research on the specific situational factors involved in injuries and on what works in prevention.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.vathek.com/ijpsm/contents.php?vi=13.3
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Vathek Publishing Ltd. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 13
Issue Number 3
Page from 223
Page to 233
ISSN 1461-3557
Date Accessioned 2012-01-16; 2012-03-29T04:45:40Z
Date Available 2012-03-29T04:45:40Z
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44065
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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