Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the difficulties of accurately measuring police stress and drawing valid conclusions about the causes and consequences of it
  2. Identify the workplace problems and other features of police work that are most often identified by officers as stressful
  3. Assess why shift work is potentially stressful for officers and identify what could be done to minimize its negative effects
  4. Define burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder as potential problems for police officers and discuss what can be done to minimize their negative effects
  5. Identify and discuss the four categories of physical hazards to police officers
  6. Evaluate trends in officers feloniously killed and assaulted
  7. Discuss why arresting suspects, foot pursuits, and police vehicle accidents and pursuits are potentially risky activities for officers and assess what could be done to reduce those risks