Stress and Police Personnel

Jessica Hill,
ADJ 111
November 17, 2015
Chapter 13: Stress and Police Personnel
Stress in the work place is very common; learning to deal with the stress and manage it may call for some assistance. Over the past years, the Science Community has researched with the help of the police profession to find a result for the abundance of police related stress in the work place. Programs were developed to help make administrators aware of the stress related causes.   These would include stress and its relationship between adaptation and job related stress, multiple aspects of police suicide and what can be done to prevent, and others. Stress is defined as anything that places and adductive demand on an organism. This can be positive or negative; some stressful events do not threaten people but provide them with pleasurable challenges such as a gambler who sees gambling as a pleasurable experience, when their actually stressed for the win.   That is a stress without distress (Swanson, Territo, Taylor, 544).
Stress on a more biological level can incapacitate an individual; this is also known as General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS.) GAS has three stages of physiological reaction; the first stage is known as the alarm stage, which is an emergency reaction exemplified by the so called ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. Second, is the resistance stage; during this part of the stage the body is mobilized to deal with the specific stressors and adaption is optimal. The final stage is known as the exhaustion stage. This occurs when the person is under prolonged stress and the body reaches the point where it is no longer capable of maintaining resistance. This would include different personality types; the higher risk taker type A, lower risk taker type B, and the workaholic.   Being one of the few jobs that ask you to continually face physical danger and to put their life on the line at any time; police work can be very stressful.   They are exposed to cruelty, aggression and violence on a...