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kc76384 | Valedictorian

Posted June 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM via web

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How do you think police officers can reduce stress to prevent themselves from engaging in angry aggression?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a number of things that police officers, or anyone else, can do to try to relieve stress on their own.  However, since police officers are exposed to much higher levels of stress than people in many other professions, there need to be more systematic and organized opportunities in place to help them deal with stress.  In other words, there are things police officers can do on their own, but they also need to have programs available to them to help them reduce stress.

All people, in whatever profession, can engage in stress-reducing activities.  They can engage in physically strenuous exercises.  They can go to the gym or they can engage in things like martial arts.  These are good for reducing stress and could also help police officers in their jobs.  Police officers could engage in religious activities.  They could write in journals.  All of these are things that tend to help relieve stress.

But police officers are under much more stress than people in most other professions.  Therefore, there need to be other opportunities for them.  Perhaps the most important would be the presence of peers who are trained to support officers who are stressed and counselors who specialize in stress experienced by police officers.  If police officers have these resources, they can have a better chance of reducing their stress levels in ways that will seem to be appropriate to their image of themselves as strong people.

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