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Perceptions and Attitudes about Work-related Driving Among On-duty Police Officers and Police Recruits


In an IRSST research report published in 2013, the analysis of the accident reports of over 8500 workers compensated following a work-related road collision between 2000 and 2008 revealed that approximately 10% among them involved police officers. Entitled Work-related Road Collisions in Québec from 2000 to 2008, the report is available on the IRSST website.

Driving is a significant component of police officers’ work. Driving in emergency situations, on patrol and in pursuit are all part of the job for police officers, who must constantly search for information to ensure both their and the public’s safety.

This research aims to document the perceptions and attitudes about driving among police recruits and on-duty police officers. The perceptions and attitudes about driving of police recruits, on-duty police officers and a control group from the general public will be compared by studying the various social, personal and organizational factors involved.

The knowledge gleaned from this research will enable us to better orient awareness programs and training on defensive driving in emergency situations for police officers.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2014-0070
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2019
  • François Bellavance (HEC Montréal)
  • Martin Lavallière (HEC Montréal)