Police Stress Essay

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Police & Stress Police Administration Tracy Kondrak A lot of stress comes with being a police officer. A lot of times people don’t consider what that person goes through when their shift is over and it’s time for them to take that uniform off. Did you know that police officers have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation? They have the second highest rating for divorce in the nation. They are also known to be problematic drinkers. Most police that commit suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time. The stress of a police officer is not always obvious. Police something miss the signs of stress that there job is causing them due to the fact that after dealing with hard situations day in and day out its easy to just become numb. The pressures of law enforcement put officers at risk for high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A test was done on over 400 officers the studies have shown, among other findings, that officers over age 40 had a higher 10-year risk of a coronary event compared to average national standards; 72 percent of female officers and 43 percent of male officers, had higher-than-recommended cholesterol levels; and police officers as a group had higher-than-average pulse rates and diastolic blood pressure. Suicide rates were also found to be more than eight times higher in working officers than they were in officers who had retired or left the police force. The effects of being a police officer and the stresses are often felt more closely to those at home. Their long hours and routing shifts can really put a toll on an officer’s family. It’s hard to be home for family dinners or for kid’s school events. Even missing birthdays an anniversary. On top of all that most officers become isolated. They tend to just feel comfortable around

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