Online Program

2. The Greater the At-Risk Occupational Environment Among Law Enforcement Practitioners, The Less Likely Those Officers Provide Quality Public Safety Practices

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dennis J. Stevens, Ph.D., Justice Writers of America, Charlotte, NC
Law enforcement practitioners have an increased incidence of healthcare issues including exposure to infectious disease because of their at-risk occupational environments. It is argued that the greater the at-risk environment, the less likely quality public safety practices are experienced among constituents. To examine the relationship between at-risk environments, healthcare issues, and public safety practices provided American residents by law enforcement officers, the literature and personal experiences of officers during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Boston Marathon were consulted. The findings suggest that public safety practices are determined by healthcare issues of both officers and the healthcare issues of the individuals he or she encounter while providing public safety initiatives. Given that most often, members of the socioeconomic lower class interact with the criminal justice system, and those members tend to possess inferior healthcare compared to other social class members. The findings also suggest that quality healthcare is often ignored by law enforcement organizations producing inadequate health maintenance for their officers. The discussion includes methods of improving healthcare practices among officers for the purpose of enhancing his or her health and ultimately the quality of police services provided to community members regardless of the at-risk conditions or socioeconomic class of those receiving police services.  

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate law enforcement practices and analyze their occupational performance in at-risk environments which usually include members of the socioeconomic lower class.

Keyword(s): Criminal Justice, Occupational Health and Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Have written textbook on topic and fourteen other books on policing, criminology, and corrections. In addition have been the principal author of over 100 academic peer reviewed articles on the same topics.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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