Police work is generally regarded as one of the most stressful jobs an individual can have. What makes police work that much more stressful than that of other jobs? Does the stress that police have on a daily basis affect that their families as well? Over time there have been many ways provided to ensure that police officers can better cope with all the stress that they incur on the job. Stress is defined as anything that places
They have higher rates of substance abuse, divorce, suicide, burnout, job dissatisfaction. This is not surprising considering the dangers and challenges police face in the course of their duties. Thus, the job profile of police is very challenging. They are prone to a lot of job pressure. Lack of cooperation and support from the public adds to their problems.
Police work, by its very nature, calls for an incredible amount of continual stress. The demands on police officers to show greater restraint has been increasing over the years has increased the effects of stress on police work. The police organization is very important in the lives of its officers and often creates stress unwittingly. Orders and regulations tend to sound oppressive in their pronouncements when they don't need to. Poor communication causes chiefs and officers as much grief as anything.
Police brutality is a very real problem that many Americans face today. The police carry an enormous burden each day. Police work is very stressful and involves many violent and dangerous situations. In many confrontations the police are put in a position in which they may have to use force to control the situation. There are different levels of force and the situation dictates the level use most of the time.
Some of the world’s most-loved and well-known superheroes include Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. However great these superheroes may appear, their fictional stories also include stressors that they face everyday, such as the villains that they encounter and the pressure of being a hero and an everyday citizen. In this way, stress often negatively impacts the lives of the ones who watch over every neighborhood, every street, and every house. Such is the job of a police officer. Because stress has become an important topic in the community of law enforcement, things that are commonly discussed are the causes of stress, the effects of stress, and the handling of stress in the lives of police officers.
Over the years, this country has witnessed many cases of police brutality. It has become a controversial topic among communities that have seen police brutality take place in front of their homes. Officers are faced with many threatening situations everyday forcing them to make split second decisions and to expect the worst and hope for the best. Police officers are given the power to take any citizens rights away and even their lives. With that kind of power comes responsibility, that’s one major concern with the amount of discretion officers have is when to use force or when to use lethal force.
Stress is a part of everyday life and everyone reacts differently to situations that are similar. because our bodies are different, mentally and physically. Law enforcement officers are no different and face more stress than other people on the account of some of the unique, circumstances they are challenged with. There are many different types of stressors related to police work. Those include; critical incidents, general work stress, family stress, gender stress and organizational stress (Stevens).
Unfortunately, children of parents who are substance abusers become a higher risk of experiencing physical and emotional trauma and possibly repeating the cycles. Substance abuse impacts society tremendously from every direction. The cost for enforcing drug laws and policies is a very expensive and extensive process, all ranging from street level enforcement, correctional facilities, as well as rehabilitation problems. Crime has always been associated with drugs in a large spectrum scaling from petty crime to more organized affiliations that wish to control drug trades. The violence and crime that these people create seriously disrupt our society and the citizen that abide by the law.
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