Police and AlcohPolice and Alcoholismolism

Although, suicide is three times greater in police officers than the national average, I believe alcohol abuse is a more likely response to stress. Primarily, because a large number people of legal drinking age consume alcohol casually to relax from a stress. So it would seem to be more of a natural recourse that progresses. Research suggests that well over a quarter of policing officials are alcohol-dependent and they may be many more because of a lack of reporting (Cross, 2004). Intervention and prevention program are key to taking care of those sworn to serve and protect. They are not able to do their jobs if they are mentally sick, so in essence, they have to be served and protected as well. As the saying goes, "Even motivator needs motivating sometimes." What are your thoughts?

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The stress faced by police officers in their daily jobs are 2-fold - first there are the tasks of their daily roles, whatever that maybe, i.e. community police, homicide, combating illegal drugs, etc. Second there are the tasks of dealing with hierarchy - with police culture. Genovese (2012) explains, "Officers must be willing to expose themselves to danger on a daily basis and to confront life-threatening circumstances. They must be willing, on one hand, to comply with a superior's demands even when disagreeable and, on the other, to withstand the angry efforts of offenders to control them. The need to balance contradictory roles while maintaining a high degree of interpersonal sensitivity may adversely affect an individual over time if he or she does not have unusual skills."

What then can be ...