SUNY Buffalo Determines Night-Shift Police Work More Likely to Lead to Injury

John Violanti, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Published February 7, 2014

Police officers working the night shift are significantly more likely to suffer long-term, on-the-job injuries than officers on day and afternoon shifts, according to new research conducted at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions. The study’s principal author is John Violanti, PhD, a research scientist in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and an expert on the relationship of police officer stress to serious health risks. The study – published in the current edition of the Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health – assessed the association of daily-shift schedules with the occurrence of injury leave and lengths of injury leave from 1994 to 2009 among a cohort of 419 officers from the Buffalo (NY) Police Department.