TORONTO - A new study from Carleton University says Canada's police officers don't have nearly enough balance between their professional and personal lives.
Researchers say the good pay most cops receive isn't enough to make up for the stress of long hours and emotionally draining duties.
The study of 4,500 police officers across the country found 91 per cent of them earn more than $80,000 a year, but endure an average work week of 53.5 hours.
The study says 20 per cent of officers are in poorer physical health, while two-thirds of those surveyed report missing about 14 days of work a year due to illness or stress.
Officers report their unsettled work hours and off-duty demands have forced them to make major family sacrifices, such as deciding not to have children.
Researchers suggest the findings should serve as a wake-up call to police forces that haven't been able to protect the well-being of their staff.
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