Cjus 840-discussion 1-reply 1 | CJUS 840 – Stress Management in Criminal Justice | Liberty University

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Textbook-Territo, L., & Sewell, J.D. (2019). Stress management in law enforcement (4th ed.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. ISBN: 9781531015756.


There are unique stress-producing aspects that are withing policing that could be experienced by some and not by others within the same locations (Territo & Sewell, 2019). This is because the career path of police officers will be exposed to different types of violence.  This means that their decisions could possibly determine the differences between life and death of not only themselves but of those who are around them (Territo & Sewell, 2019).  Stress Management             According to Stress Management in Law Enforcement by Leonard Territo and James Sewell, some officers may experience stress due to aspects that pertain to the split-second decisions that they have to make, the threats to officer safety, witnessing others suffer, and having to understand how fragile humans are (Territo & Sewell, 2019).  In addition, police officers may not receive positive support or feedback from the public (Territo & Sewell, 2019).  When police officers commit heroic actions and when they risk their lives every day and the public is not supportive, this can create a lot of stress and can be disheartening. This can then lead to a chronic stress condition and impact the flight or fight response of the police officers when they are in high stress situations (Territo & Sewell, 2019).              According to DECORE-21: Assessment of Occupational Stress in Police Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Original Model by Talavera-Velasco, that to be able reduce stress from their high stress situations there are multiple of steps that can be taken (Talavera-Velasco, 2018). For instance, the police officers can have training sessions that practice and prepare the officers for high stress situations where their decisions will determine the result of life or death of not only themselves but of those who are around them (Talavera-Velasco, 2018).  By getting the officers prepared of what could happen when they are in the field can help build confidence, which will then promote the officers to stay calm in stressful situations (Talavera-Velasco, 2018).  Another method is teaching police officers strong communication skills (Talavera-Velasco, 2018).  This means with each other and with mental health specialist (Talavera-Velasco, 2018).  It can be hard to talk to a mental health specialist, but if officers understand this this is not a sign of weakness and that it is a resource that can be used to help them (Talavera-Velasco, 2018).  By having strong communication skills with fellow officers, this can decrease stress levels because through strong communication skills, the officers are able to work more effectively and efficiently (Talavera-Velasco, 2018). Biblical Worldview             According to Philippians 4:6, it teaches to not be anxious about anything because through prayer and thanksgiving God will take care of everything (New King James Bible, 1895, Philippians 4:6). This correlates with this discussion board because those who are in high stress situations can turn towards God. According to Psalm 94:19, it teaches that when an individual experiences stress and when they turn towards God, He will bring joy to their soul (New King James Bible, 1895, Psalm 94:19). This correlates with the discussion board because by turning to God, He will take away the anxieties of those who ask for help because they are filled with His joy.

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