A New Way to Look at Early Intervention Systems




Hover, Thomas

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Law enforcement in the United States has been slow to address the concerns of mental health among its rank and file. Police officers have been committing suicide in record numbers due to the stress incurred on the job. Agencies across the country have been collecting and storing criminal statistical information for decades. The use of technology has drastically improved allowing the end user to quantify the collected data into relevant and useful crime fighting intelligence. The time has come to leverage this same technology to analyze the data to benefit police officers’ mental health. The early intervention systems are reactive and lack the necessary variables to accurately assess the exposure of stressful incidents encountered by police. A proactive approach for an early intervention system should include stress related variables to create a more resilient police officer. These key variables will identify and document the exposure of stressful incidents that occur in a police officer’s career, and these factors have a potential to significantly reduce the negative effects of stress



Police--Mental Health, Police Psychology, Police Job Stress