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I am interested in the opinions of the forum members on the subject of Stress on the job, how to recognize it and handle it.

I would like to reachout to fellow members of law enforcement in my local police agencies about stress on the job and how to take care of if and yourself before your no longer on the job. Here is my problem as I see it. When in the academy there was a 4 hour segement taught about stress and I remember the Rolling eyes of my classmates at the instructor emotionally delivered his own personal account of stress on the job and what it did to him. Rolling eyes, yawns and It will never happen to me comments. Lets not even talk about the Alpha male mentality that deplores weakness and anyone that shows weakness. In my experience there have been quite a few unexpected alpha male fellow officers that have confided in me of their problems with stress and how they handled it.

How would you all suggest that local officers be approached on the availability to talk, one on one, discreetly, without department knowledge in a coffeshop or pool hall about traumatic events to debrief and get it off their chest before it turns into something more malignant and endangers the job they love. I know for myself if anyone had said anything about stress on the job I would of said ya right thats only for mental cases. I know better now and I would like to get the word out. I am just not sure how to do it or if I should bother.
 

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I want to thank you all for you private messages with ideas and discussion.
 
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