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THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON POLICE OFFICERS There has been a lot of research on the negative effects of stress on people in general I am sure you know that police work is one of the top rated professions for job stress next to air traffic controllers and dentists A good way to start this presentation I think is to give a good working definition of police stress Here it is The feeling and desire along with the ensuing bodily effects experienced by a person who has a strong and true longing to choke the living crap out of someone who desperately deserves it but you cant Now while this may sound funny there is a real element of truth to it An element of truth that says an awful lot about police work And that is the part of the definition BUT YOU CANT Police work by its very nature calls for an incredible amount of restraint Continual restraint and draining restraint It is stressful The demands on police officers to show even greater restraint have been increasing over the years and so has the effects of stress on police work With the recent attention that police suicide has received in the media there have been a number of reviews on it Between 1934 and 1960 police suicide rates were half that of the general population Between 1980 to the present suicide rates in some departments almost doubled What is the difference You cant choke them anymore Street justice is all but gone Everyone has video cameras The media gets off on putting down cops Politicians continue to throw new laws and restrictions for police officers that further tie their hands and you cant choke anyone with your hands tied So you start to feel that youre choking yourself Lets take a quick overview of police work and look at
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