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Red and Blue Stress

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Red and Blue Stress
You come home from an evening at the movies and someone has burglarized your home and might still be inside the house. You dial 911, the dispatch person sends a police unit to respond and check things out. The officers arrive and have no idea what awaits them as they enter your home. Will they come across the burglar, will he or she be armed, on drugs or be violent beyond control? The situation is extremely stressful and in reality the stress the officers feel is huge. Stress is a key factor in everyday life. Every job that people come across will have some type of stress. Even though most jobs carry some sort of stress, the job of a Peace Officer is at the top of the list. Police Officers sacrifice their personal, mental and physical well being to protect society. They come across daily dangerous situations as they risk their lives going after people involved in domestic violence, mental illness and drugs. They worry about their lives and the lives of others. Stress affects everyone differently, so there are different ways for police officers to handle their stress by taking advantage of programs to train and prepare them to handle all types of situations. That being said, the job of a police officer is extremely stressful and dangerous.
Police Officers often are so stressed out that they can be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When a major natural disasters happens, like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the police and first responders step into action. They are pushed to there absolute limit. “Even experts on PTSD were getting stressed out on the amount of pain that the first responders had to go through” (Fischetti). The training for these types of scenarios could be virtual situations tha...

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...some pretty gruesome things and might even have to kill someone to protect their lives. The emotional stress that a police officer goes through every day is incredible. The men and women of the police fight every day to keep us safe and deserve proper medical attention and respect.

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