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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

The Impact of Fatigue on Officers within the Irondequoit Police Department

The major purpose of the research project was to examine if fatigue was not being well managed by individual officers of the Irondequoit Police Department. This was done by examining the frequency of fatigue and determining what, if any, symptoms contribute to fatigue. This was based upon the alternate hypothesis that fatigue was being well managed by individual officers of the Irondequoit Police Department. The project was designed to examine responses as a whole, while also determining if fatigue was present only among one demographic, male or female, or only on one shift. Therefore, the project was designed to examine the prevalence of fatigue within the department as a whole, while also exploring fatigue among male, female, day, evening, and overnight offices. The findings revealed several key points that fatigue is not being well managed by individual officers of the Irondequoit Police Department. The researcher concluded that female and first platoon (overnight) officers experience fatigue at a higher frequency than their counterparts, whereas third platoon (evening) officers were more likely to deviate from the majority of respondents. The researcher was also able to determine that sleep habits, shift structure, family obligations, overtime, age, and negative events were all factors in the onset of fatigue. Conversely, the researcher determined that daily commute was not a factor in fatigue.

Presenter: Jason Murphy (Keuka College) -- jmurphy@keuka.edu
Topic: Criminal Justice - Panel
Location: 125 Hartwell
Time: 2 pm (Session III)