Aa crime in the 90’sstress

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Aa crime in the 90’sstress

  1. 1. Stress and CrimeIts effect on the Police Officer
  2. 2. Law Enforcement in the 90’s  Peak of “Crack wars”  Highest Murder rate in History of U.S.  NYC had record 2,245 Murders  LOD deaths dropped to an average of 160 a year down from 229 in 1970
  3. 3. How did crime affect the police? Returning vets from the Gulf war High rate of traumatic incidents PTSD Crime added high rates of stress
  4. 4. What is Police related stress? Child ejected from vehicle Witnessing a firefighter fall from a building Shootout where a cop is shot or killed? Marriage problems Alcohol problems A combination of the above
  5. 5. Job Stress A harmful and physical emotional response that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, needs or resources of the worker PTSD experiencing a trauma or life threatening event and having symptoms such as hyperawareness or nightmares Normal reactions to abnormal situations
  6. 6. Police Officers and Agencies  Sick days  Cardiovascular disease  Musculoskeletal disorders  Psychological disorders  Workplace injury  Impaired immune deficiency, cancer, ulcers  Suicide
  7. 7. How can stress be prevented and treated? St Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Stress Management Positive Organizational change 1. I.D. the problem 2. Design and implement interventions 3. Evaluate the Intervention
  8. 8. What are long term affects of stress and PTSD? High rate of work related accidents Work errors that are attributed to stress and PTSD Alcoholism, DV, mental illness and suicide
  9. 9. Police Suicide Statistics Dept. Dates years size suicides Chicago 90 – 98 9 13,500 22 NYPD 85 – 98 14 40000 87 Third leading cause of death 15 – 24 year olds Firearms leads cause of death with 55% Veterans account for 20% of suicides according to the VA Police Officers are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than be killed in the line of duty
  10. 10. Key Questions Do you know a police officer who has experienced a traumatic incident? How did your department handle it? How could your department better take care of its members? What are the repercussions?

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