Asleep at the wheel:
Not just the same tired old research
Tired Cops. The Importance of Managing
By Bryan Vila.
Washington, D.C.: The Police Executive Research Forum, 2000.
172 pp., paper. $18 (PERF member); $20 (non-member).
Fatigue is such an obvious topic, and so obviously important in police work, that it is surprising that no one has attempted to do what Vila does so well here — pull together existing information on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and apply this information to police work.
The book is mainly aimed at police managers and seeks to help them “understand the key issues, provide general guidelines based on currently accepted knowledge and preliminary research, and suggest ways to approach policy development and fatigue management.” It is written in a colloquial style that is easy to understand and devoid of social science jargon (which has been banished to methodological appendices). The author’s analysis and advice carry uncommon conviction, for he understands policing from the inside (he has been both a police officer and manager) and from the outside (from the perspective of the social scientist, which he is now)...