the Police Officer
Describe each of the four categories of stress symptoms for
police officers. What are the effects of police stress on officers’ health?
What are the effects on the health of their families, and on the health of the
department? What strategies can management use to deal with the problem of
stress in the department or among officers? Do you think that the stress felt
by police officers is higher than that felt within other types of
organizations? Why or why not?
first then the individuals response need to tell the bad and good of post
four categories faced by officers are external, organization, personal, and
stress is stress produced by real life threats and dangers to the officers.
These threats happen outside of the office and on the streets. Things like
death threats, car and foot pursuits, and physical altercations.
stress is produced by the structural elements of the quasi-military style which
most agencies are based. This stress comes from within our organization and is
related to the constant adjustment of changing duties and shifts, the odd
working hours, always working holidays and special events or missing out on
family activities due to work, and the strict discipline imposed on us.
stress is produced by the interpersonal relationships with in a police
organization. Things like trusting and getting along with our fellow officers
and shift partners. The stress of spending 8-12 hours with someone you do not
like or cannot get along with is a big one. We all have that one person that we
work with who rubs us wrong and in this line of work you have the thought in
the back of your mind can I really count on this person to have my back if
things go bad.
is operational stress which is produced by the constant and daily confrontation
with tragedies and issues which you cannot change. Some of these tragedies are
dealing with derelicts, criminals, mentally disturbed or ill, constant victims,
homeless individuals, uncooperative victims and drug addicted. Another area is dealing
with engaging in dangerous activity and putting our lives on the line to
protect a public who are unappreciative and unsupportive. Add to that the fact
that we are legally liable for the actions performed on duty who wouldn’t be
health is put a great risk from a lack of sleep to high blood pressure and poor
eating habits. The stress causes weight gain along with a host of other health
problems. We have a hard time un-stressing and our families do not understand
what we go through every day. This in turn makes home life difficult for both
us and our family members. So we become more stressed and take it back to work
with us it is a vicious cycle that has negative effects on the officer.
has to encourage the officer to use their vacation time and get away from the
job to unwind. Also they can encourage things like physical exercise and even
group activities like recreational sports to help get the officers mind off the
do think we have a higher stress level than other civil jobs. I think that all
emergency services are that way to a point because of the job we do.