WAKE-UP CALL ON POLICE SHUT-EYE
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WAKE-UP CALL ON POLICE SHUT-EYE

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Words: Alexandra RoginskiMortality figures for US police officers over recent decades show an officer is more likely to die from an unintended event like a car crash than in a so-called ‘felonious death’ such as a shooting.The significance of this deepens when you consider a recently published study on sleep disorders among police officers. The US study, led by Monash University’s Associate Professor Shantha Rajaratnam, found sleep disorders among police officers to be a serious occupational hazard with potentially fatal consequences. For example, a quarter of the 5000 officers who participated in the study reported falling asleep while driving, “at least once a month”. This is on top of whatever other impacts fatigue has on decision-making and day-to-day operations. The study, the results of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2011, found that over 40 per cent of US police officers screened positive for one of five major sleep disorders

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WAKE-UP CALL ON POLICE SHUT-EYE