Workload and Performance: A Field Evaluation in a Police Shooting Range Academic Article uri icon


  • One vital responsibility of all law enforcement officers lies in their obligation to defend themselves and those around them in the event of a violent threat. The best tool available to them to perform this duty is their sidearm and their skill in using it. To evaluate the efficiency of this tool use, seventy-one police officers participated in a field study examining the relationship between workload and shooting performance. Use of linear regression analysis produced evidence linking higher reported workload on the mental subscale of the NASA-TLX while completing a shooting task to poorer shooting performance when controlling for marksmanship skill. This finding is discussed in the context of previous work in the areas of workload and attentional allocation. INTRODUCTION

publication date

  • September 1, 2004