The Experiences of Injured Officers

  • Neil Southern


In addition to the hundreds of officers who lost their lives in the conflict, thousands were injured. Some officers sustained severe physical injuries resulting in the amputation of limbs. Bomb blasts have created single, double and triple amputees. Amputation was most often caused by explosions although gun attacks involving high-velocity rifles could also result in limb loss. Therefore, RUC officers experienced battlefield-like injuries similar in kind and degree to military personnel injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, these were police officers and not soldiers and some were badly injured at their homes in undercar booby-trap explosions. Officers also sustained psychological injuries and many suffer from PTSD.


Amputation Bomb blasts Gun attacks Physical injury Psychological injury PTSD Disabled police officers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Sociology and PoliticsSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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