Saturday, July 27, 2013

Work Stress

Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.  This deputy was only on the job for only five months before she resigned.  This article gives no indication as to her performance as an officer or why she resigned.  A couple days later the police were called to her apartment for a suicidal person.  Later, she was stopped by police for speeding and threatened them and taken into custody a second time.

Police work can be very stressful and officers are always around cars and firearms.  Two very dangerous tools that can be used for suicide.  Officers need to be carefully screened prior to hiring for psychological stability.  I think generally that officers who are former military are often very good candidates because they have had to deal with difficult and often dangerous situations prior to being hired as police.

Officers should have counseling available to them that they can access without jeopardizing their careers.  I favor mandatory counseling after critical incidents so that officers don't have to ask for it, and worry about their peers or their jobs.  In fact, officers should have at least two sessions after a critical incident, one right away and even if they don't want counseling, they should have to go back in a week or so to see the counselor.  Often, the stress will build up and not be a problem until some time after the incident.  The counselor should be someone who is a former police officer or former military who has the respect of the officers who work the street, not just someone with doctor in front of their name; that's what the SGT Says.


Momma Fargo said...

Great post! Most often law enforcement officers do not take care of themselves mentally.

Mike Creek said...

Thank you Momma Fargo, it's good to hear from you.