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As a former police officer I am aware of the hazardous situations that law enforcement professionals face day in and day out.  This routine exposure to uncommon events can, over time, have adverse effects on your physical and emotional health.  Experiencing traumatic events can lead to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or what is commonly referred to as PTSD.

Key Benefits

  • Help to reduce health risks.
  • Help to improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Help to improve career outcome.
  • Reduce health costs.
  • Improve community relations.
  • Reduce absenteeism.

Workplace safety should be a priority for every police department!

 

Workplace safety training must include stress management!

 

Chronic sleep deprivation is a silent killer and the underlying problem responsible for:

 

  • Physiological problems
  • Psychological problems
  • Emotional Problems
  • Marital problems
  • Work-related problems

 

Suicide Among Police Officers

Common factors in Suicide by police officers:

  • Alcohol, coupled with an always-present firearm, drinking and depression are major causes of police officer suicides.
  • Breakup of a relationship or marriage.  Often, the only people outside law enforcement an officer trusts are his or her  family members.  When a relationship ends, the officer loses their emotional support base. 
  • Stagnated career.
  • An officer under investigation.

Some Warning Signs:

  • An officer who starts having a high number of off-duty accidents.
  • A rise in citizen complaints about aggressiveness - excessive use of force.
  • A change in personality in which a sullen officer suddenly becomes talkative or an officer who is normally very social becomes silent and withdrawn. 
  • The officer starts giving away prized possessions or telling friends they will be missed.
  • The officer suddenly writes a will.

SOURCE:  The National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation.

 

Take the Police Stress Survey: HERE

 

 

 
USA National Suicide Hotlines
Toll-Free / 24 hours / 7 days a week
 
1-800-SUICIDE
1-800-784-2433
Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-TALK
1-800-273-8255
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
   

 

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