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Emotional Assaults A person who becomes a police officer is not prepared for the emotional assault and stress that will take place over time and the harmful effects it can have on the officer’s life. Universally in the police world and those that enter the police academy are made aware of the physical dangers that they may face in their career. What is presented is the potential danger from bank robbers, individuals on drugs, gangs with machine guns, the mentally ill, and a host of other individuals or situations. But there are also other dangers or problematic situations that the new recruit is not taught in the classroom. Those potential dangers may or may not be presented through conversations with peers or senior officers, or just by experiencing them. A recruit will spend three to six months, or more of academic training in a formal setting. Theory and law are emphasized during the educational process. If the academic schedule permits, new officers are put through practical scenarios or situations to apply the law and to also demonstrate their comprehension, skills, and decision making abilities. Physical defense tactics are often intertwined through the lectures or presentations because of the inherent danger of policing. Defense against stress or emotional attacks are normally not part of the curriculum. There are various reasons why techniques for handling stress are not taught. If handling stress is talked about at all, it is in reference to a shooting situation, which only a tiny fraction of all officers will ever go through. Usually, an officer will have to learn to handle the emotional onslaught alone or not deal with it at all. Some people and officers have a war chest of coping skills to combat the cumulative effects of stress. Others do not have the abilities or resources. “Each individuals reactions to a particular event (or series of events) is very personal and depends upon that individuals background and experiences, and upon how close the individual can identify personally with the circumstances and/or persons involved” (Davis 3). Stress and emotional assault can come from anywhere at anytime and takes on many faces. The stress overload comes from the day to day participation of the life of the citizenry, the beauracrcy of the department, and the officer’s own personal life. Situations will occur such as the misery of an accident scene where there are dead people or body parts strewn across the expressway, the despair of an elderly lady who has just been brutally assaulted and raped, or a supervisor who jumps to conclusions and chews you out. 1
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Texas State.

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