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It’s tough shit, basically, that you're all gonna get it': UK virus testing and police officer anxieties of contracting COVID-19

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/01/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy
Issue number1
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)35-51
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date21/02/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Policing is a high-risk occupation that can cause a myriad of psychosocial problems to its workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, officers have experienced increased rates of anxiety around contracting the virus, and these fears have been mirrored by their families, due to the largely
unknown nature of the virus and mounting reports of police deaths across the world. Using data from 18 police officer interviews from a range of roles and forces in early summer 2020, this paper explores
officer experiences of policing the pandemic, the emotional labour involved, and the detachment and displacement of anxiety and fear of working a global pandemic with little support from management.