Police Officers Are Known As The Super Heroes Of The World.

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Police officers are known as the super heroes of the world. Police officers settle disputes, protect the community, and are looked up to as being a safe person to go to; that has all changed in the last couple of years. In the last couple of years, police officers have been the bad guys. They have been accused of being racists and abusing control in the work force. News and other media have had its fair share of reporting case of police officers being the bad guys. Not only are these problems in the work field, but also there are problems with self and families. “Police officers have on the highest suicide rates in the nation…a high divorce rate, about second in the nation. [Police officers] are problem drinkers about twice as often as the…show more content…
Stress can have a huge impact on how a police officer will react to a situation, which will most likely result in a radical decision. Stress is the problem here. It has the power to control people, especially police officers. “The pressures of law enforcement put officers at risk for high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide” (“Impact of stress,” 2008). Stress causes cortisol levels in the blood to rise, which can make the person more prone to disease. Police officers usually work twelve hour shifts, which makes an officers sleep schedule off the normal routine. Officers that work night shifts may find themselves making unpleasant decisions since he/she should be sleeping can affect judgement. Stress affects the body, but it also affects the people around the police officers. Police departments need to be aware of how stress can affect the whole department in multiple ways. According to Snipes, “Stress in organization can cause reduced morale and productivity as well as increased absenteeism and turnover” (p. 1). Police officers will affect the department by being moody, taking days off, or eventually quitting. The quality of the department’s services will decrease due to the stress the officers are going through. Ultimately, stressful police officers affects everyone and everything around them. The citizens, families, department,

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