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An Examination of the Effectiveness of Periodic Stress Debriefings With Law Enforcement Personnel
Andrew Young and Gerald Parr
This study sought to answer the following questions: Do periodic stress debriefing meetings reduce officers’ level of depression symptoms and PTSD symptoms? Does this reduction, in turn, lead to a reduction in officers’ level of stress, a greater ability to cope with stress, enhanced personal lives and job satisfaction, and greater perceived departmental support? Although no statistically significant 147 findings were produced by this investigation, some trends in the data may indicate that this intervention did meet some of these goals. Participation was voluntary and occurred while some officers were on duty. Some officers received overtime pay for participating in the in-service study after their shift had ended.