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Tired cops: The importance of managing police fatigue Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Police Executive Research Forum; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878734679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878734679
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,433,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bryan Vila, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University and director of its Simulated Hazardous Occupational Tasks laboratory. His research interests include cross-cultural policing, police fatigue and crime control. He has published more than 60 articles on these topics as well as four books, including Micronesian Blues (with Cynthia Morris, Kindle 2013, Paladin 2009), Tired Cops: the Importance of Managing Police Fatigue (Police Executive Research Forum 2000), The Role of Police in American Society (with Cynthia Morris, Greenwood 1999), and Capital Punishment in the United States (with Cynthia Morris, Greenwood 1997).

Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of California, Davis, Bryan has held tenured faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining WSU in 2005, he directed crime control and prevention research at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Before he became an academic, Bryan served as a law enforcement officer for 17 years--including nine years as a street cop and supervisor with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, six years as a police chief helping the emerging nations of Micronesia develop stable and culturally-appropriate law enforcement agencies, and two years as a federal law enforcement officer in Washington, D.C.

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For many reasons discussed in this book, Dr. Vila espouses the theme, "good cops don't let tired cops hit the streets." He presents a well-written and documented book that encourages law enforcement officers at all levels to make proper sleep and rest as important in survival as training with firearms and the safe operation of vehicles. Vila's research and studies show that fatigue from sleep loss, disruption of natural body rhythms (circadian), and other factors, such as diet and overtime, can have serious negative effects. For one thing, fatigue worsens mood; tired police officers get irritable and short-tempered just like other people. Fatique also may increase the possibility of officers involved in official misconduct and jeopardizing the positive relations between themselves and their familites, and eventually the community. I sincerely believe that law enforcement agencies should add this book to their libraries for research, reference, and as a tool to explain uncharacteristic behaviors of some officer. Dr. Vila did a good job with this one!
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I bought this book back in 2000, when it was initially published. I believe it cost me about $30 then, and I purchased it directly through PERF, the publisher. Very few copies of this text were published because the audience for this book was quite small at that time. The text was and is worth every cent that I paid for it back then, and I'd suggest that it is still worth what price it demands now. Why? Because this text covers what few others even venture to cover, let alone to the degree of detail that this book covers it. But, if you don't wish to pay $200 for this book in a used format, and I guess I can understand that, you can Google the phrase, "Evaluating the Effects of Fatigue on Police Patrol Officers." You'll immediately find an NCJRS link that will enable you to download a 125-page synopsis of the "Tired Cops" book as a PDF file. And, it's free.
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I heard this book has good info but after spending time with all those police officers from this study he should of known that no police officers will be buying this book if it cost over $100...just saying!
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I am a student at the University of Wyoming and for a readings class with Bryan Vila, he gave me this book and told me to read it and write a paper on it. So, maybe this review is a little biased, but it is an honest review. Dr. Vila had talked about his research for this book numerous times over the past several years in the classes I've taken from him, but this was the first chance I had to read any of the material he had gathered and written down. It all came together in this book. And everything he said and found in his research is 100% true and accurate. The book is well composed and I was excited to see the finished product of all his hard research over the years. It all came together nicely Bryan, and it is a great start. I know you still want to do so much more with this topic. Thanks for being such a great teacher and I look forward to working with you more as I pursue a masters.
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I would love to read this book but I don't k now anyone who can afford $111 dollars for a 167 page book. Crazy!
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