can be harmful to our health. The results


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These stressors can have an emotional impact on the officer
as well as the family. Agencies should have plans in place to help employees
who may be suffering before it leads to a range of problems that ultimately could
lead to suicide (The Apereo Foundation, 2018).

Media attention

Large investigative caseloads

Internal affairs investigations

Financial stress due to low pay, lack of raises,
and concerns about retirement

Isolation due to the job

Shift work, which disrupts sleep patterns


Experiencing dreadful events from calls for
service or investigations

In law enforcement, there are several factors that can
contribute to stress. Stress can increase fatigue to the point that proper
decision-making is compromised and officers cannot accurately protect
themselves or citizens. Such factors include, but are not limited to the

The disadvantage is when the body goes into a state of
stress in the wrong situations. When blood flow is going only to the most
important muscles needed to fight or run away, brain function is decreased.
This can lead to a failure in critical thought; a state that is a great burden
in both our work and at home. If we are kept in prolonged states of stress, it
can be harmful to our health.  The
results of having elevated cortisol levels can be a spike in sugar and blood
pressure levels, and a drop in libido. Too much stress can also weaken the
immune system, cause body aches and pains, irritability, sleep problems, and changes
in appetite.

Additionally, there are several health benefits that come
with a grain of stress. Researchers believe that some stress can help to strengthen
the immune system. For example, stress can improve how our heart works and shield
our body from infection. In one study, people who experienced reasonable levels
of stress before surgery were able to recuperate faster than those who had low
or high levels.

Experts have shown that stress is a burst of energy that essentially
tells us how to react in certain situations. Small amounts of stress have several
advantages. For instance, stress can help us face our fears and challenges,
motivates us to reach our goals. Truthfully, stress can help us handle our responsibilities
more efficiently and it can even improve memory (ULifeline, 2018).

From a dictionary definition, stress is a state of mental or
emotional strain or tension stemming from unfavorable or very challenging
circumstances. Stress is mainly our body trying to tell us something. When we
face stress, our body thinks it is being attacked and goes into a ‘fight or flight’
stance, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline,
cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action (The Stress
Management Society, 2017). This causes several reactions, from blood being redirected
to muscles to shutting down excessive bodily functions such as digestion. Once
example is the knee jerk reaction we may get to slam on the brakes if someone
jumps in front of our vehicle.

Professor Bond

January 1, 2018

Week 1 Forum

Tyrone Rawls