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10 Resources For Stress Management

And Mindfulness For Law Enforcement

1) Rasmussen University – Police Stress: 9 Tips for Avoiding Officer Burnout

  • “Time magazine ranked policing as the fourth most stressful profession, under firefighting and piloting jobs. This probably isn’t that big of a surprise. Police officers step into dangerous situations and interact with dangerous people as part of their jobs.  9 Ways to keep the stress of police work in check” 
  • See the following link. 9 Tips for Avoiding Officer Burnout

2) Police1 – How police can reduce and manage stress

  • “One of the biggest problems for police officers is that stress can go unrecognized and unacknowledged. Officers are under constant stress and do not take the time to seek treatment. Many times they deny the stress they are experiencing for fear of being viewed as weak or not being able to handle their job.” 
  • See the following link. How police can reduce and manage stress

3) National Institute Of Justice – Fighting Stress in the Law Enforcement Community

  • “A major hurdle in working with police and corrections officers on issues of physical and mental health is the “tough guy” attitude common in law enforcement. When researchers approach officers and ask about alcoholism, divorce, suicide, and other problems that are widespread in law enforcement, they do not want to talk about the issues on a personal level because it could damage their careers..” 
  • See the following link. Fighting Stress in the Law Enforcement Community 

4) National Institute Of Justice – Developing a Law Enforcement Stress Program for Officers and Their Families

  • “This publication provides practical guidance regarding the development and maintenance of a law enforcement stress program. The information is based largely on interviews with nearly 100 people, including mental health practitioners, law enforcement administrators, union and association officials, and almost 50 line officers and family members from both large and small agencies.” 
  • See the following link. Developing a Law Enforcement Stress Program

5) RTI International – Stress Reduction Programs for Police Officers

  • “Police work can have negative effects on officers’ physical health, mental health and work/life issues, such as work/family conflict and problems in relationships. For law enforcement agencies, officer stress manifests as increased absenteeism, turnover, and declines in performance, including slower reaction time, poorer decision-making ability, and increases in complaints, policy violations, and misconduct allegations. ” 
  • See the following link. Stress Reduction Programs for Police Officers

6) Target Solutions – The Importance of Stress Management in Law Enforcement

  • “No doubt law enforcement is a dangerous profession. While the physical dangers of the job are more obvious, it can also take an emotional toll on officers. Knowing this, managing stress in this inherently dangerous position is key to emotional survival. To effectively manage stress, you must understand what stress looks like, what triggers it and the difference between acute and chronic stress. ” 
  • See the following link. The Importance of Stress Management in Law Enforcement

7) American Military University – How Police Departments Can Help Officers Cope with Stress and Trauma

8) Frontiers In Psychology – Burnout and Stress Measurement in Police Officers

  • “The literature review identified 108 studies which use a multiplicity of questionnaires to measure burnout or occupational stress among police officers, but few studies use specific police stress questionnaires.” 
  • See the following link. Burnout and Stress Measurement in Police Officers

9) Hero 911 – Stress Management Tips for Police Officers

  • “Deep breathing is known to release stress. Holding the air in for four seconds – and releasing – repeated several times can result in a calm sense of feeling. Another strange technique is breathing while holding one nostril closed. Best not to do this in a meeting or around civilians, though. But, the perfect place is in your police vehicle or relaxing at home.” 
  • See the following link. Stress Management Tips for Police Officers

10) Portland State University – Prevention and Management of Stress in Policing

  • “Policing is one of the few professions where individuals deal with many stressors, which exceed the usual expectations of society. Police officer stress is heavily influenced by both internal and external factors. Requirements to adhere to standard operating procedures and, in turn, departmental policies and procedures were found to have an impact on officer stress” 
  • See the following link. Prevention and Management of Stress in Policing