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01-04-2004, 16:49 #1
Stress Levels of various agencies
Does anyone know of any studies which show the difference in stress levels, life expectancy and such for different levels of law enforcement, or different areas patrolled?
I would guess there is a large difference in stress levels from the Fed level to the county or city level. There is a huge difference between a city officer in Detroit compared to a city officer in Lincoln, Nebraska. It would be really interesting to see the difference in these things.
Law enforcement in general is a stressfull job, but I would think it varies from a lot to very minimal depending on the external stressors.
01-05-2004, 17:55 #2
Not sure that there is a metric that would differentiate along the lines you suggest. Generally, we sort of exist proportional to the population so you get your own load regardless of whether it is the Big Apple or Mayberry. Folks don't differ much so they deliver their stuff into our inbox. Maybe there is a different scale wherein you are paid enough or not which adds stress to living while working or the department has seen the light or thinks all that needed to be known was known in 1930. Suspect those factors would really differentiate more than locale or type of agency. Job stress is somehow a matrix of external and internal factors, but I have never met a public safety officer who lived a stress free life.ret.
01-05-2004, 19:43 #3Originally posted by ATF SAC
Not sure that there is a metric that would differentiate along the lines you suggest. Generally, we sort of exist proportional to the population so you get your own load regardless of whether it is the Big Apple or Mayberry. Folks don't differ much so they deliver their stuff into our inbox. Maybe there is a different scale wherein you are paid enough or not which adds stress to living while working or the department has seen the light or thinks all that needed to be known was known in 1930. Suspect those factors would really differentiate more than locale or type of agency. Job stress is somehow a matrix of external and internal factors, but I have never met a public safety officer who lived a stress free life.
01-06-2004, 19:12 #4
I would have to agree with the above. I've found that its not necessarily what city or small dept you work for that determines the stress factors. Having worked LE in a major city and also in a small Sheriffâ€™s Dept, the major stress factors I found in common at both were; The boss or bosses and co-workers, (both were a biggie for me) the type of neighborhood you work in, (the rich section can carry more stress than working the ghetto) family life at home, financial status, (the more you make, the more you spend) your health, and that's just to name a few.DelC“You never know if quotes on the internet are genuine or not" . . . Abraham Lincoln
01-07-2004, 00:44 #5
I to agree with the above, but having worked in a small city PD and then work for the SO in the same county, I have to say that the stress is less in the So.
ALot of my situation in related to the brass. In the PD they treated everybody except the select few like crap. If you were a brown noser you did fine, if not it wasn't if you messed up but when you messed up that you would get really chewed out. The PD has an ongong problem of quoting the policy manual to you on one instance, and in the same situation with a different person the policy manuel is forgotten. That was where most of my stress there came from. The other four deputies that have left the PD in the last year feel about the same way.
As far as the SO goes, the Sheriff and Sgt (we only have 12 sworn positions) support you and everything is delt with on an equal basis. Of course there are the buddies to the brass, but they are being held to the same standard on things as everyone else.
So in my case the SO is better than the PD, but I think that I do have alot less stress than a State officer or Federal agent would as I know everyone from the top down well enough to go have a beer with, if I wanted to and they were paying of course, heheTake care,
01-07-2004, 13:17 #6Bite and Hold Moderator
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Interesting topic. I have always had the opinion that the work is not necessarily the most stressful part, it is the politics, gossip, and rumors within the department that makes it stressful. I think Tank hit it on the head, it really depends on what type of department and who you work for. I have a certain Sgt. that will tell the entire department during roll call when another officer makes a mistake. Any type of mistake, from the rookies just learning the job, to a paperwork error. Pathetic in my opinion, and the entire department has no trust in me. He has no leadership ability with us.
01-26-2004, 21:00 #7
Alot of our stress levels are self-imposed and in many cases, we're victims of a self fulfilling prophecy!
You know...cops have the highest suicide rate. (Not true...DENTISTS have the highest suicide rate) And of course, cops have the most dangerous job in the world!
Again, not true. Statistically, commerical fisherman have the most dangerous job in the world.
Many in law enforcement perpetuate these myths and create their own world of stress.
Sure, there is stress. But many in law enforcement create additional stressors by the WAY in which they deal with stress. Then they blame their department, brass or conditions for their problems.
As Dr. Jim Reese would call his program...Stress Management In Law Enforcement (SMILE!)“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” — Miguel de Cervantes