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need for more inten- Whistleblower Retaliation Stress Law Enforcement sive and invasive actions into the offi- Whistleblowers But the kind of stress that they may experience as a result of a critical incident, is small compared to cers life. Because of the nature of po- the complex chronic stress brought on by Whistle- lice supervision, the Law enforcement blower Retaliation and Bullying in the workplace. act of blowing the officers actually Because being a Whistleblower behind the Blue whistle may initiate a fitness for duty investigation look forward and Line is a truly emotionally stressful experience, as into the officer’s personal and private life. This can relish a day filled anyone who has watched the movie Serpico create conflict when the commanding officer or su- with what most knows. It is necessary to understand the long pervisors are involved in the activity the Whistle- civilians would term chronic stress of blower is exposing. A hostile fitness for duty psychi-think was stressful. Officers choose to have a being a Whistleblower atric examination may be in retaliation for his Whis-career in law enforcement and are very adept at behind the Blue Line tleblowing activity and may place the officer’s jobhandling stress of the job. They deal daily with which can cause Post and badge in jeopardy. Officer’s should be informedcrime, criminal suspects, and the vulgarities of Traumatic Stress Disor- that the fitness for duty exam should never be donethe imperfect court system. der. The problems fac- by the treating therapist. Finding a therapist the ing the Officer Whistle- officer will trust may be difficult as most therapistsThe real most common stressors in police work blower are unique as are not familiar with the stresses and dangersare 1) The Boss (this is the first and most impor- the institutional ways of within policing work or Whistleblower Retaliationtant) 2) Marital Conflicts 3) Other Family Prob- stress intervention are Trauma. It is essential that when the officerlems 4) Finances and lastly 5) The stress of the often not effective in chooses a therapist that he/she feels secure thatjob itself. Being a Whistleblower behind the Blue the Whistleblowing the treatment is confidential. Honesty and trust areLine exposes Police Officers to an increase in situation. The reason necessary for a good therapeutic relationship. Moststress in all 5 of these areas. for this is that critical incident debriefing as it is officers will instead “stuff it” and continue to act as commonly done will not happen because it may be if nothing is bothering them. This is the “real menLaw Enforcement Officers like Medical Doctors your supervisors or co-workers that you are anony- don’t cry” act. It is common first for anger tobecome hardened to the trauma they see every mously reporting. When whistleblowing within the emerge, but depression usually lurks just below theday. Both Medical Professionals and Law En- law enforcement community, trust becomes a ma- surface. Officers will hide their symptoms fromforcement Officers have gained experience and jor issue and workplace safety is a very constant co-workers, supervisors, family and friends, andhave learned many strategies to deal with concern. Whistleblowing officers often feel be- may use alcohol to hide their feelings. The justi-stress. Persons who choose these professions trayed or abandoned by their bosses and hung out fied outrage and resentment against an unrespon-do so knowing that they will be exposed to to dry. sive system can mask the underlying depressionstressful situations and difficult choices often of and even lead to feelings of helplessness andlife or death. Law enforcement officers are hu- Social Networks vs. Therapy hopelessness which can even lead to suicide.man and subject in their own somewhat unique More officers die each year from suicide thanperils of unrelenting and unresolved stress, It is important to provide a meaningful social net- from homicide. We must respond quickly to anysometimes bottled up over a period of years. work of emotional and spiritual support to Whistle- whistleblowing officer requesting assistance as blowing officers and their families. Strengthening there is no real thing as minor stress in police the officer’s social support network may avert the work.