Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Amanda Olejarski, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jane M. Tucker, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Allison H. Turner, Ph.D.


This study examines the existing literature on PTSD and PTSD symptomology that law enforcement officers experience, and the post-exposure intervention protocols that aid in mental stability of impacted law enforcement officers. The study uses a survey of 155 active-duty law enforcement officers from Montgomery County Pennsylvania. The central question that grounded this research is: are mental health stressors impacting the ability of law enforcement officers to complete their duties despite the existence of post-exposure intervention protocols? There are six tested hypotheses that are tested via logistic regression to determine whether a statistically significant relationship exists between demographic characteristics of law enforcement officers, the existence of post-exposure intervention protocols, and PTSD symptomology development. All statistical relationships meet a 95% confidence interval through logistic regression. Three recommendations are presented to create comprehensive mental health policies within police departments to combat PTSD symptomology development in law enforcement officers.

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