The Silent Killer The Reason for Mandatory Stress Management Training

Gaytan, Ruben
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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)
The issue of stress in the career of law enforcement is not a new one. It has been around since law enforcement itself. The problem is that the effects of cumulative stress is killing police officers. Agencies have turned a blind eye to problems that come with the job. The job of law enforcement has always been one with inherent risks, which for some has always been the allure. Others embark in the career for the opportunity of humanitarian service. Whether it is for the risk or service, law enforcement officers get more than they bargain for. Law enforcement officers get sights, sounds, smells, and memories that linger in their minds. The waves of memories and emotions that are stored begin to fester and eventually come to a head. They are often presented in the way of physical symptoms and develop into mental health disorders or other self-destructive behaviors. The cumulative results of the stress can consume all aspects of the officers’ lives to include their careers, families, friends, and even life itself. Law enforcement officers receive training to confront many of the dangers that are inherent to the job. They are prepared for all but one. They are not given the tools they require to recognize and deal with the effects of cumulate critical stress and its impact on their lives. Law enforcement officers should have mandatory training in stress management. The officers need to be given the tools to survive their profession. They deserve the know-how to succeed not only in their careers but in their relationships and families too. Mandated training can start on the onset of their chosen profession and should continue throughout their career. Law enforcement officers deserve the knowledge of not only how to survive but to have a successful career.
Police--Mental Health, Police Psychology