Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families

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Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families

The law enforcement officers who protect and serve the local communities have and live stressful lives. How stressful is the occupation of a law enforcement officer in their job and in their personal lives than other occupations? How hard would it be to be a spouse or loved one of a law enforcement officer? Does the public know what goes on in a law enforcement officer's job life and the life of their family? Could the average person handle the daily stress that takes place in the lives of law enforcement officers? These are several questions that individuals could ask themselves on any given day. What are the answers to these questions? I know firsthand, because I am a wife of a law enforcement officer, and I have found that it is not as easy or as hard as some would think. Furthermore, there are resources, and assistance, which can help the families of law enforcement officers in areas such as: how to cope or deal with certain situations, whether it is just daily family life, the officer’s job in general, and loss of life on duty, and the list goes on.

The on-the-job stress that law enforcement officers take on is like that of none other. The stress that the officers face during their work shifts, which could vary from many hours a day or even a week, or even being a part of a Special Weapons and Tactical team (SWAT), taking part in a hostage negotiations, additional court dates, or even being on an undercover assignment, could put a great deal of stress and thoughts in their minds. The officers could be thinking of anything, for example, I am not spending enough time with my wife, my children, or even that they cannot handle their job any longer; the thought of suicide could and ...

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