Doug Bedell — April 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

More on a Big Security Subject: Police Officer Stress

Here’s further treatment of an important security subject: police officer stress, again from the In Public Safety blog. We tend to think that police officers hold all the cards, yet we’re advised that “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs as a result of experiencing traumatic events, which are part of the job in policing. According to Dr. John Violanti of the University of Buffalo, a retired NYPD Officer, around 15 percent of police officers experience symptoms of PTSD.”

There are also higher physical health risks: “Research has shown that officers experience a higher mortality rate than the general population and that their risk of cardiovascular disease is 1.7 times greater than that of the general population.”

In 2017, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, of American Military University, completed a two-year study of police stress management in the United States. He recently visited Galen University of Belize in Central America and had the opportunity to compare police stress levels in the U.S. and Belize. They mirrored the same very human factors.

We recommend fuller attention to these In Public Safety posts themselves, but note that exercise, prayer, therapy and time away from the job are recommended as much for police officers as for others under high levels of vocational stress. Cops, after all, are human too.

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