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Policing and stress go hand and hand I feel as tough many police officers can bring the stress on themselves Throughout my essay I will talk about stress in policing community policing and why it would decrease stress and finally I would talk about how I feel about stress in policing Several studies have shown that stress levels are considerably higher among police officers than they are in the general population As law enforcement professionals try to adapt to stressful experiences they frequently develop habits that are personally and professionally destructive Some studies indicate that diminished physical and emotional health including increased risk for divorce and suicide occur as a result of officers cumulative job stress The cumulative impact of stress may lead a depressed officer to a state of learned helplessness This concept was developed by Seligman 1975 through a series of experiments that used dogs as subjects Seligman exposed the dogs to conditions under which they could not alleviate the stress encountered As a result the dogs became passive and accepting of stressful circumstances Seligman paralleled the dogs state of learned helplessness to the human state of depression Police stress in many cases falls into the category of presumptive disorders those illnesses or disabilities that are presumed rather than proven to be present in the individual because they are not visible or validated by objective testing methods Stress is a psychological condition and is the direct result of how we have learned to cope it is a specific emotional andor bodily response that is triggered by our perception of signals in our environment or in our thinking Not all stress is undesirable In fact the demanding and pressured environment of policing leads us all to experience stress at some level usually in the form of tension It is only when our internal defense system begins to break down because of our ineffective coping methods that stress becomes
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