Listening to their Voices of Bravery and Heroism: Exploring the Aftermath of Officers’ Loss and Trauma in the Line of Duty

Konstantinos Papazoglou (Editor)
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Series: Law, Crime and Law Enforcement
BISAC: POL014000

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Police work is challenging. Police officers are sworn to maintain peace and order in our communities. However, police officers often jeopardize their own safety and lives in order to serve and protect civilians from eminent threat. Exposure to multiple critical incidents often has a severe impact on officers’ health and personal lives. This book presents the testimonials of police officers — survivors who experienced uniquely severe cases of trauma and loss in the line of duty. All presented cases in this book have been extensively covered by national and international media (e.g., CNN, NBC, CBC). The aim of this book is to explore the impact of exposure to such unique cases in officers’ lives. On the other hand, authors highlight and study the heroism and resilience of the officers who literally survived through “hell.” The authors personally met the officers and listened to their stories. The analyses of the officers-survivors’ interviews led to multiple outcomes that has enabled research scholars to shed light on questions related to the impact of exposure to unprecedented trauma on officers’ lives. Thus, mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologist, counselors, social workers, nurses) will be able to understand the multi-faceted trauma that police officers often experience so as to help the healing process of those who are sworn to maintain peace and order. In addition, police managers and policy makers may get a better understanding of unique cases that officers encounter and, hence, they can incorporate these interviews in developing police resilience-promotion programs. Researchers may generate further research questions and work towards the development of evidence-based interventions in resilience promotion among police officers. Graduate and undergraduate students in psychology, criminal justice, criminology, medicine, social work and other related areas can also deepen their understanding of the unique nature of police work through reading real-life situations experienced by police officers. (Imprint: Novinka)

Prologue

Editor Biography

Author Biographies

Chapter 1. Facing the Perpetrator Again. Officers' Re-Traumatization when Testifying during Criminal Trials: An Unexplored Issue
Konstantinos Papazoglou and Shelly-Anne (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 2. Police Officers being held Hostages on a Peacekeeping Mission: Exploring a Unique form of Police Trauma
Monica Ghabrial and Konstantinos Papazoglou (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 3. Once “Blue” Always “Blue”: A Law Enforcement Professional Thwarts Mass Shooting in a Public Place
Raquel Hudson, Marian Pitel and Konstantinos Papazoglou (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and others)

Chapter 4. Exploring the Experiences of Police Officers who Deadly Shot Suspects in the Line of Duty
Negin Sohbati, Monica Ghabrial, Konstantinos Papazoglou, and Peter Tam (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and others)

Chapter 5. Exploring SWAT Officers' Experiences of Trauma and Resilience
Marian Pitel and Konstantinos Papazoglou (University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and others)

Epilogue

Index

Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologist, counselors, social workers, nurses) will be able to understand the multi-faceted trauma that police officers often experience so as to help the healing process of those who are sworn to maintain peace and order. In addition, police managers and policy makers may get a better understanding of unique cases that officers encounter and, hence, they can incorporate outcomes of these interviews in developing police resilience-promotion programs. Early career researchers may generate further research questions and work towards the development of evidence-based interventions in resilience promotion among police. Graduate and undergraduate students in psychology, criminal justice, criminology, medicine, social work and other related areas can also deepen their understanding of the unique nature of police work through reading real life situations experienced by police officers

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