Profiling the occupational tasks of traffic and highway patrol officers

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To profile the occupational tasks performed by traffic and highway patrol officers

Prospective cohort study.

A total of 23 THP officers from a state police force were provided written surveys which enquired about the most common general duties tasks, most and least common highway patrol tasks, and most physically demanding highway patrol tasks. Ethics approval was provided by the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee #BS02126.

The most common tasks which were reported as being similar to general duties tasks were patrolling (16%), paperwork (14%) and attending domestic violence disputes (11%). The most common reported highway patrol specific tasks were reported as conducting random breath tests (28%), speed enforcement (10%) and paperwork (9%). Least common tasks were reported as foot pursuits (10%), medical escorts (6%) and responding to routine jobs (6%), while the most physically demanding tasks were conducting stationary randomised breath testing (14%), physical arrest of suspects (13%) and high-speed driving/pursuits (11%).

Police drivers have unique job tasks, dissimilar to general duties police which appear to be more sedentary in nature. Optimising physical conditioning and reduction of injury programs need to therefore differ as well.
Key Practice Points:
•Police driver job tasks differ to general duties officers.
•Return to work and health promotion programs need to be individualised to this population.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2023
EventAustralian Physiotherapy Association: INGNITE Physiotherapy Conference 2023 - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 Oct 20237 Oct 2023


ConferenceAustralian Physiotherapy Association
Abbreviated titleINGNITE 2023
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