POLICE STRESS

    Getting Started
    This research exercise explores the programs in place to help police deal with the stress of their jobs.  You will research programs that help police cope with stress and explore how police are made aware of these programs.

    Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:

    Describe contemporary policing trends and issues that law enforcement is facing.

    Resources
    Textbook: Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices
    Media 3.1 Resource: Policing Issues and Trends

    Background Information
    Police work is invaluable to maintain order in society, as well as to protect and provide service to the community.  When police officers suffer from stress, their job performance diminishes and negative attitudes and physical problems (for example, headaches or ulcers) develop.  Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous.  Finding ways to limit the levels of stress is essential.

    Instructions
    Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
    Review Chapters 6 in the textbook, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices.
    Review the media 3.1 Resource: Policing Issues and Trends.
    Research programs that help police officers deal with stress.
    Write a one- to two-page paper that addresses these questions:
    What programs are in place to support police officers?
    Who conducts and supports them?
    How are the programs communicated to the officers?
    What is the rate of use by police officers of these programs?
    Remember to cite your sources using APA formatting.

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