Departmental Responses And Occupational Stress

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Departmental Responses to Occupational Stress
Austin Crispino
CRJ 4010
06/14/2016
Professor Kenneth Steeg
South University- Online Departmental Responses to Occupational Stress
Stress is defined as tension, anxiety, or worry, and can be positive or negative (Hess, Orthmann, & LaDue, 2016). This paper will be referring to stress in its negative form. For police officers, stress is almost inevitable. It will happen to officers at least once in their careers. Police officers must deal with stress two types of stress, chronic stress and burst stress. Chronic stress involves long-term, everyday stressors and burst stress involves having to go from relative calm to high intensity, sometimes life-threatening, activity in one “burst” (Hess, Orthmann, & LaDue, 2016).
Some chronic stressors can occur in any organization, and a police department is no different. Some of these common stressors include: having to work weekends and holidays, having to work rotating shifts and odd hours, as well as there being internal conflict between two co-workers or between an employee and a supervisor (Hess, Orthmann, & LaDue, 2016). In addition to these stressors, there are also those that relate mostly to just law enforcement. One of the big chronic stressors in law enforcement is being in physical danger at times, as well as the constant fear and mental preparation of being in danger. Stress can also come from officers knowing that the well-being of others in on them (South University, 2016).

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