Dr. John Violanti on building healthy, resilient police officers

Officers face many health risks, from the impact of stress on cardiovascular health to lacking the leadership support needed to build resilient cops

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Across public safety, personnel work in conditions that range from boredom to sudden periods of extreme stress. In addition, it’s no secret officers don’t get enough quality sleep or meals and work ungodly hours, as well as excessive overtime. But what are the lasting, long-term effects of these occupational hazards?

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Dr. John Violanti, noted police wellness researcher and LE veteran, about the increased risks police officers face from stress and cardiovascular disease.

About John M. Violanti, Ph.D.

John M. Violanti, Ph.D., is a full research professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, New York. He served with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper and criminal investigator, and later as a coordinator for State Police Psychological Assistance Program (EAP).

Dr. Violanti has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles on shift work, stress and PTSD. He has also written and edited 20 books on topics of stress, trauma and suicide. Newly funded projects include the effects of PTSD on decision-making among police and mental health outcomes associated with COVID-19.

He recently released Occupation Under Siege: Resolving the Mental Health Crises in Policing and Practical Considerations for Preventing Police Suicide. Access his Amazon author page here.



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