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Exploration of individual and work-related impacts on police officers and police staff working in support or front-line roles during the UK’s first COVID lockdown

Brown, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-6395-0244 and Fleming, Jenny (2022) Exploration of individual and work-related impacts on police officers and police staff working in support or front-line roles during the UK’s first COVID lockdown. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 95 (1). 50 - 72. ISSN 0032-258X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0032258X211052891

Abstract

An online survey ( N = 2063) of women working either as police officers or non-sworn/warranted police staff addressed personal well-being and work-related factors during the first COVID lockdown in the United Kingdom from March to August 2020. Overall, 59% of all respondents reported being more stressed during the lockdown than they had been previously. A key factor in stress levels was the respondents’ organisational support measured by a computed index of trust, communication, and support (TCS). Those respondents having a positive orientation towards TCS were less stressed than those whose orientation was more negative. Findings differentiated the experience of respondents typed as front-line police officers, front-line police staff, police officers serving in support functions and police staff in support functions. Innovative COVID-19 working arrangements are highlighted as beneficial new practices worth retaining.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pjx
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 15:12
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 14:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112168

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