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Occupational health and safety risks faced by police officers



Based on a comprehensive international literature review of police occupational health and safety, this paper identifies the range of risks faced by police at work. These risks include: assault, death and homicide; communicable disease; stress and fatigue; and other work related injuries and illnesses, including substance abuse and injuries from investigation of clandestine drug laboratories.

This project was funded by the Crime Prevention Branch of the Criminal Justice Division, Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

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Mayhew C. 2001. Occupational health and safety risks faced by police officers. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 196. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi196