Preventing Police Officer Stress Term Paper by Nicky

Preventing Police Officer Stress
A discussion on police stress and how it can be addressed by police administration.
# 148384 | 1,902 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2011 in Psychology (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper looks at the studies that reveals that police officers are more likely to experience divorce or be the perpetrators of domestic violence than the public. In addition, the paper notes that they also have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general public. The paper then discusses how police administration and management could make a major impact on the mental health of their officers. The paper explores positive steps that can be taken to reduce officer stress and prevent many of the consequences of these stressors.

Police Stress
Discussion and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"One of the key stressors found to affect police officers in a serious manner is when a perpetrator uses them as a means to commit their own suicide (Brown, 2003). When an officer is used as the means to assist another in their own suicide, it can lead to the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Police officers are expected to put on an air of "being OK" even after an event that harms them deeply (Brown, 2003). However, many times after a traumatic incident on the job they are no OK, they are seriously mentally compromised. Yet, they face stigma if they admit their problems and seek help (Brown, 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, J. (2003). Suicide by Cop. Police Stressline. Retrieved April 26, 2009 from
  • Curran, S. (2003). Separating fact from fiction about police stress: the author examines long- standing beliefs. Behavioral Health Management. January 1, 2003. Retrieved April 26, 2009 from 1.html
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  • Morash, M., Haar, R., & Kwak, DH. (2006). Multilevel Influences on Police Stress. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 22 (10: 26-43.
  • Police Dynamics Institute, Inc. (2006). Highest Rates of Divorce, Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, and Suicides. Retrieved April 26, 2009 from http://www.police-

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