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Comparing Police Overwork in China and the USA: An Exploratory Study of Death From Overwork ('Karoshi') in Policing

NCJ Number
International Journal of Police Science & Management Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer 2012 Pages: 177-198
Fei Luo; Jim Ruiz
Date Published
22 pages
This study explored the different approaches to working conditions among police departments in China and the United States.
Although research has been conducted regarding policing in China and the United States, few researchers have compared and contrasted the similarities and differences between policing in the two countries. In this study, the authors examined how overextended working hours can impact a police department's officers and personnel as well as affect the physical and psychological health that impairs the safety of police and the public in China and the United States. Given that Karoshi (death from overwork) among a variety of occupational groups is commonly recognized in Japan, China and other countries, the authors contend that the problem also exists in policing - one of the most public working groups; thus, this issue should be of great public concern that warrants further examination and discussion. (Published Abstract)