Managing Mental Health for Law Enforcement Officers




Meza, David

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Police officers’ daily exposure to violence and the work-related stress they experience in their law enforcement careers are both factors that contribute to a stress level well-above the general population. Researchers have found that a lack of proper stress management can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular issues. If these issues are left untreated, work-related stress can even lead to emotional issues, such as depression. Therefore, it is important for police departments to implement stress management programs within their departments. If police officers are equipped with proper training and resources to manage stress effectively, their lives will improve drastically and lives will be saved. There are a great number of tools available to police officers to better manage their stress. Participating in things like fitness activities, religious groups, and counseling effectively aid in managing an individuals’ work-related stress.



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