Title: An Impact Of Community Policing: Reported Stressors, Social Support, And Strain Among Police Officers In A Changing Police Department

Citation: Lord, B. Vivian. (1996). Journal of Criminal Justice, 24(6), 503-522.

Keywords: Stress Involved In Community Policing, Perceived Job Involvement of Officers, Community Policing Related to Stress

The article access the affects of community-based policing in relation to stress experienced during this organizational change from a traditional approach to policing. The study had three primary objectives: to identify the areas officers and their immediate supervisors actually consider stressful, the officers’ and supervisors’ responses to stress, and the influence of their social support systems on these responses. Data were collected from officers and their sergeants of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. The questionnaires distributed during training related to procedures dealing with a new ordinance. Findings indicated the officers and sergeants reported lack of job involvement, and propensity to leave law enforcement, and all responses that are considered by the literature to be related to stress. Work social support seems to affect the officers’ level of job involvement. It was also found that sergeants do not believe they have work social support and this may be working to the detriment of their ability to cope with stress and their willingness to be involved with their job.