Impulsivity And Stress In Police Officers

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Almost every week there is a report in the news that a law enforcement office has lost his/her temper and hit a suspect. No one disagrees that the work of a police officer is hard and demanding (Ramsey, 2015). However, in some cases, the police officers just have a bad attitude and get angry even at the slightest infractions. Impulsivity and out of control anger are two major problems with law enforcement that appear to be out of control (Clifford, 2016). Unfortunately, the daily stressors of work in the life of a police officer continue to induce varying emotions that range from anger, anxiety and irritability. There is ample data showing that continual stress is not good for physical or emotional health. Not only are police officers at high …show more content…
Because of the sensitive nature, law enforcement rarely reveals the number of police with anger issues and how many are sent for treatment. It is only when there is a public issue or excessive force used on the public that this problem comes to light. In most cases, the officer is usually assessed initially by an internal therapist. Cops Alive is a support group that offers a proactive approach to anger management (Dilgliani, 2016). This organization encourages all police officers to undertake exercise and relaxation techniques to prevent anger issues. When anger issues are identified, the type of therapy depends on the comorbidity, severity of the problem, any other co–existing mental health disorder and performance at work. The treatment approaches usually include the …show more content…
The support group, Cops Alive, encourages a proactive approach to stress in law enforcement. This support group recommends regular exercise and relaxation regularly after work. There is ample evidence to support the exercise as a stress reliever. Exercise is also known to lower blood pressure, diminish symptoms of depression and reduce body weight. Cops Alive recommends exercise in combination with some type of relaxation performed at least 3-5 times a week. The type of exercise performed is not very important- the critical thing is to be active and set some goals. These exercises may be performed independently or in some type of group to ensure participation. Cops Alive highly recommends relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, breathing exercises to help distract the negative thoughts from the brain. The exercise and relaxation techniques should be done regularly and then at the end of 6 weeks, the individual should be reassessed for mood and behavior. If the anger still persists then cops Alive also recommends other techniques: 1) Develop coping skills to deal with stressful situations (eg, hostages, bank robbery, car chases etc). Coping skills can help one overcome negative and impulsive reactions; 2) Identify unconstructive attitudes. By learning about one’s negative attitudes one can make changes to overcome them; 3) Develop communication skills to help overcome tense interactions. Communication

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