October 14, 2015 10:53
Police officers are suffering a lack of respect from the general public that is sharply at odds with their self-image as fighters on the frontlines of law and order.
The Korea Employment Information Service on Tuesday published a survey of 25,550 workers in about 730 professions and found that police officers, alongside telemarketers and hygiene inspectors, suffer most from the pressure of dealing with rude or angry people.
The Police Science Institute also surveyed 8,526 police officers in May last year, and 53.2 percent of them said they encountered one to four angry or rude people a month, 23.2 percent five to nine of them, and 10.4 percent more than 20 such people.
Officers cited emotional stress as their biggest headache. The pressure from dealing with rude or angry people stood at 4.15 points out of five, compared to 3.62 involving scuffles with assailants, 3.85 due to promotion-related stress and 3.7 involving co-workers.
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