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Law Enforcement Officers

Law enforcement officers are exposed to stressors every day of their work schedule; couple that with domestic problems and internal policy issues on the job, and there is a recipe for crisis. There is a saying that the police job can be a killer even though no one is shooting at you. On a daily basis, police regularly endure exposure to car accidents, murders, and other horrific traumatic events that, over time, can cause difficulties for the individual officer, such as alcoholism, marital problems, and in the worst case, suicide. The rate of suicides nationally is about 12 per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate for law enforcement officers is about 20 per 100,000, whereas that of ...

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