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How Stress Affects Law Enforcement Officers

The extensive literature review enables the researcher to develop an in-depth analysis of the issue by borrowing from scholars among other groups of interested individuals who have investigated the topical issue in the past. The report is, therefore, a systematic discussion of the prevalence and effects of stress comprising systematic paragraphs that offer extensive discussion of the issue.

Law enforcement officers constitute a special group of individuals in a society. The group consists of various categories of police officers in the country. Their main mandate is to maintain law and order a job that requires rigorous psychological and physical training. Additionally, law enforcement officers handle serious weapons, which they use appropriately depending on the uniqueness of every situation. This implies that law enforcement officers often make serious decisions that affect both their safety and the safety of the citizens. Stress, on the other hand, is a psychological concept that refers to the body’s response to challenge. Stress influences the functionality of the brain thereby affecting the decisions an individual makes. The life of a police officer consists of demands, deadlines, hassles, and frustrations all of which contribute to the buildup of stress. The stress buildup in the police officers, therefore, affects the functionality of their brains and bodies thereby influencing the decisions they make as the discussion below portrays.

As the discussion above shows, stress is commonplace in the life of law enforcement officers. Key among the causes of stress in law enforcement include poor management. This arises when officers lack basic equipment that enables them to work effectively. Poor management further encompasses such basic features of work as poor remuneration, lack of facilities and poor labor relations.

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