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Stress Killer or Protector of Law Enforcement Personnel By Joseph M Stromsness February 1998Stress is a term used by many is somewhat misunderstood and often used to describe a negativecondition or emotional state People experience various forms of stress at home work in socialsettings and when engaged in activities to simply have fun such as playing sports Police officersexperience stresses the same as others but also in ways much different than the average citizen Thedangers violence and tragedy seen by officers result in added levels of stress not experienced by theWhat is Stress Stress is not a new phenomenon it has been experienced throughout history Stress isa biological response to some stimulus Fear panic anger tragedy and even something as simple asbeing competitive can cause it Stress can result in the competitiveness needed to succeed in businessachieve an education foster social relationships and win at sports Is stress bad or good It is bothThe proper level of stress can benefit people in daily living Well what is bad stress and what is goodstress Good stress is stress that you can manage The stress of competing in athletic contests oftenworks in your favor by stimulating performance In police officers stress can make the differencebetween injury or death and going home at the end of the shift Police work by its very nature calls for an incredible amount of continual stress The demands onpolice officers to show greater restraint has been increasing over the years has increased the effectsof stress on police work The police organization is very important in the lives of its officers and oftencreates stress unwittingly Orders and regulations tend to sound oppressive in their pronouncementswhen
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