Vigilance Fatigue in Policing: A Critical Threat to Public Safety and Officer Well-Being
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Mar. 21, 2013
ANNOTATION: The impact of vigilance fatigue on the effectiveness of threat analysis and management is explained. Vigilance fatigue is “the failure to accurately perceive, identify, or analyze bona fide threats due to 1) prolonged exposure to ambiguous, unspecified, and ubiquitous threat information; 2) information overload; 3) overwhelming pressure to maintain exceptional, error-free performance; and 4) faulty strategies for structuring informed decision making under conditions of uncertainty and stress” (p. 3). Sections of this article include: defining the concept; describing and understanding vigilance fatigue; individual factors; contextual and environmental determinants; task-specific elements; implementing coping strategies—policy and practice, training, and psychological development.