What issues can be a sign of stress in the police profession and what could be done to help prevent it? All aspects of any job can be stressful. There are several different factors that can cause stress. The cause of stress in the police profession is characterized by job related stress and fatigue.
According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (2013), stress in general is a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation (Full definition of stress, 1c.). Job stress may involve the type of work your do, your boss, or co-workers or your hours you work. When it comes to job stress, it can take a toll on your productivity, as well as your physical and emotional health.
Job related stress is one of the most common causes of heart disease in the workplace. However, in my current career as a Deputy Sheriff, I have more stress from work related issues then the stress that comes from everyday life. Besides the job related stress issues and concerns, my job is very rewarding to me. I have the opportunity to help people and give them a sense of security. However, there are times where the workplace is not so rewarding because we are over worked and under paid. Also the constant changes to the workplace policies and procedures are designed to benefit the employer instead of the employee is major cause in job stress. These types of stressful situations may affect police personnel on every level.
For example, the stress from the job has affected my physical health. It has caused me to suffer with severe back pain. I have learned to manage stress, by taking physical therapy for my back to help improve the serve back pains. In order to improve my emotional well-being, I discussed my problems with members of my family and the pastor of my church. I have to pray that things work out on my job and for the people in leadership roles so they will make...