Building a Case for Comprehensive EAPs in Law Enforcement Agencies

By David Estep and Rhonda Allen.

Published by Change Management: An International Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: September 5, 2017 $US5.00

Law enforcement and public safety occupations are demanding and often traumatic; they place officers and related personnel in stressful situations. Protecting those who protect others requires careful strategies to ensure their confidence remains intact while ensuring they have available avenues for support. This article reviews the current and relevant literature to build a case for why employee assistance programs (EAPs) need to be a budgetary priority in law enforcement agencies and should be as comprehensive as possible. Future research will continue to build upon this study to examine the number of implemented EAPs in the United States police agencies as well as the outcomes and effectiveness.

Keywords: Employee Assistance Programs, EAPs, Police, Law Enforcement, Stress,, Peer Support, Police Administration, Police Support

Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 5, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 691.135KB)).

David Estep

Alumni, Department of Justice and Human Services, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Dr. Rhonda Allen

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, California State University, Chico, California, USA