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    Analyzing Police Work Risk Outcomes

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    As police professionals progress through their careers, they encounter a variety of potentially stressful situations related to their job duties and the communities they protect. Through the process of recruit training and probationary assignments, police professionals are influenced by several factors that define their identities and guide them on their professional growth. Environmental, personal, and psychological variables interact and influence police professionals throughout the various stages of the police lifespan. Based on reactions police have to certain internal and external stressors, their decisions regarding social, personal, and professional choices can be affected and may lead to dysfunctional behaviors and activities. Once a forensic psychology professional understands the potential reactions to, and causes of, stress, their influence and subsequent consequences can provide prevention or intervention strategies to ensure a police professional's successful progress through the police lifespan.

    • Review the article, "The Relation Between Mindfulness and Posttraumatic Growth: A Study of First Responders to Trauma-Inducing Incidents." Consider the potential police reactions to trauma-inducing incidents.

    • Review the article, "Police Trauma and Addiction," and consider the connection between stress and addiction.

    • Review the article, "After Facing Traumatic Stress: Brain Activation, Cognition and Stress Coping in Policemen." Consider the possible reactions to stress that police professionals could have and why.

    • Review the article, "Predictors of Police Suicide Ideation," and think about the possible negative reactions to stress that police professionals could experience.

    • Select two possible reactions to, or outcomes of, stress that police professionals could experience throughout their professional lifespan. Think about which outcome or response is more likely and consider why.

    a description of two potential police professional reactions to, or outcomes of, stress. Analyze and explain which reaction or outcome you believe is more likely,

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    Stress & Police Work

    According to Prochniak (2014), "The work of police officers is both physically and
    emotionally intense. A high level of emotional dedication is demanded in the performance of occupational tasks in difficult and unsafe situations such as chasing down criminals, crackdowns, participating in interventions, establishing contact with hostile and aggressive people, informing families about the deaths of relatives, helping desperate people and so forth. The police officers work can be characterized by the presence of danger, loss, risk, or
    potential injury." Often seen as 'tough guys', police officers are subject to stress like you and me and because of the nature of their job - the stress factor intensifies. At training they are said to be 'inoculated' against it through exposure, psychological measures and psychological competencies. But Miller (2014) suggest that it can be 'too much' so that even tough attitudes that used to be able to adapt becomes itself a barrier in keeping police officers healthy mentally. Stress can lead to a breaking point that can precipitate PTSD as well as mental fatigue that if experienced at work can lead to vulnerability and impaired decision making.

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