The Humanization of Police Officers: An Exploration of Faith, Life and Death

Cheryl A. Born, Northeastern Illinois University

The paper addresses adaptations made by police officers regarding issues and perceptions of faith, life and death. Empirical and anecdotal evidence is presented from surveys and interviews with officers, police chaplains and mental health experts. A comparative analysis examines adaptations made during varying periods of service; new recruits, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. The paper illustrates the cumulative effects on officer's perceptions and coping mechanisms after being exposed to the influences of situational factors in law enforcement which affect public and personal relationships, faith and feelings toward death.

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