Stress is part of our lives. We live with it; deal with it, and above all worry about it. Our way of life, the area in which we live, the economy, and our jobs can cause a great deal of stress. Not everyone deals with the same level of stress and there are several factors that can impact our lives and cause us to have higher or lower stress levels. Stress happens in any type of job. There are a lot of different things in a job that could make stress happen like a coworker you necessarily don’t get along with, a schedule you’re not pleased about, or even taking on more responsibility. Basically, it is the same when someone is a police officer. But, there are a lot of other things that could cause stress in police officers and it is something they deal with every day. Being a police officer is a dangerous job to begin with, so that is stressful itself. Stress isn’t healthy either, and according to the University of Buffalo, “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.” There are many things that could cause stress on the job.
Gender is a key factor in how officers cope with stress. More female than male officers are likely to deal with harassment, hostility, and other negative social interactions on the job and therefore, are faced with higher levels of stress. Female officers deal with both the internal and external work environment; however, both female and male officers are highly affected with stress. The major sources of police stress are the work environment, availability of peer support and trust, social and family influence.
When officers receive these particular calls (via) service radio, their bodies will immediately tense up and may cause; increase in blood pressure, cold sweats, tremors, vomiting, adrenalin dump, nausea, and often tension headaches. The officer’s...
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