UK police custody as a critical occupation in need of a stress shield model intervention

Research output: Other contribution


The presentation will identify UK police custody as a critical occupation. It will briefly elaborate multilevel research conducted between Autumn 2015 and Spring 2017, focused on five police custody roles (public & private), located across seven central England police services; an approach that employed the Integrated multilevel model of organizational culture and climate (developed by the speaker), as the basis for a multi-strategy design (i.e. quantitative, including use of multilevel mediation and moderation; qualitative, including inductive and deductive thematic analysis; and both single and multiple case studies). Key findings will be used to evidence the need for a training intervention that will be evaluated using the stress shield model of police resiliency (as adapted), currently supported by the two largest police services involved in the original study, i.e. numbering 300-400+ public sector police custody staff; a project, unfortunately delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
TypeRound table symposium
Media of outputPresentation, Q&A and discussion
Publication statusUnpublished - 29 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

In E. Scharf (Moderator), Police Officers’ Mental Health in the International Context. Conducted at the mental health NeuroForce kickoff symposium into understanding how neuroscience can help to promote police officers’ mental health in the International and Portuguese contexts, Human Neurobehavioral Laboratory, Porto, Portugal.


  • UK police custody
  • critical occupation
  • stress shield model intervention
  • Multilevel analysis


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