Written Assignment: Police Stress

As a police officer I have seen and been a part of many traumatic events.  Some include responding to the Trolley Square massacre, seeing brutalized human trafficking victims, challenging a man at gun point and watching him put a gun in his mouth and blowing his brains out, seeing a teenager hanging (suicide) in her closet, seeing child murder victims, being in fights,  discovering dead bodies, seeing horrific car accidents that result in death, witnessing unspeakable child abuse, etc.  I have friends who have shot and killed people and others who have been shot themselves. Responding to and investigating these types of events is part of the job.  What most people don’t realize is that after a traumatic event, you write your report and go to the next call as if nothing happened.

Write a two page paper where you: 

1.  Share your thoughts and feelings regarding the types of stress police face.

2.  What can be done to limit stressful situations in policing and help officers avoid or cope with PTSD?

Reference three reputable outside sources in your paper and cite them in APA format (your book can count as one).  Include parenthetical citations in the body of your paper. 


1.  Length (two full pages which does not include a header, title page, or your references at the end).

2.  Answering the question(s) posed.

3.  Referencing three reputable sources and citing them correctly in APA format.

4.  Using parenthetical citations in the body of your paper.

5.  Writing a paper that is clear and lacking major errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.