It has been reported through research that 15%-35% of Police Officers across America suffer PTSD. PTSD caused by a traumatic event or citical incident that the Officer has been exposed too. The symptoms can range from moderate to severe depending on the type of critical incident and how often one has been exposed to critical incidents. PTSD can also come about from the stresses of the inside infrastructure of the job as well. As I often heard, it’s more stressful inside the department than it is outside the department.
Police work is one of the most dangerous and stressful jobs in the world.
Police officers are at risk for experiencing stress due to the various threats, or stressors, inherent in the profession. One type of stressor unique to police officers is the level and intensity of danger they are exposed to on a daily basis. Although extreme and rare incidents such as shootings and riots are innately dangerous, common tasks such routine car stops and calls regarding domestic violence can also have dangerous and even deadly consequences for police officers. There is no such thing as a routine car stop. In the life of a police officer, life and death situations can occur on a daily basis, without warning.
Police officers are not well received by the public either. Usually, everytime a police officer is in public, the first reaction from the community is ”what’s wrong”. Does this need to be changed, of course it does but will it? I hate being negative in anything I do but I have to say No.
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