Stress

Stress

Stress

In line with Karyn Hadfield

about Stress in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Police officers encounter work-related stressors unknown to most other professionals. Street-level police work often places the officer in imminent risk of physical injury or death. Even when their own personal safety is not at risk, officers are often witness to others who have been brutalized or killed, and are suffering. Coupled with this often-unpredictable work environment, many officers also experience stress as a result of their exposure to the bureaucratic structure of the police department itself. Officers experience both acute and chronic stressors that, over time, can affect job performance, personal relationships, and long-term psychological adjustment and physical health. At their most severe, the effects of stress may manifest in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, divorce, or suicide. Law enforcement agencies, recognizing the impact stress can have on officers and their families, are implementing prevention and reduction strategies. Police routinely interact with the most antisocial elements of society.

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