According to a presentation by Dr. Bryan Villa law enforcement officers are always faced with challenges as they go about their daily duties. Most of the challenges are experienced due to stress that arises in the course of conducting their responsibilities and in most cases experts have pointed out that most police officers are overworked. Some of the stressors put forward by Bryan are poor ergonomics that is observed in police cars, police officers have to deal with multiple gadgets like laptops, radios, GPRS, cellphones among others making it difficult for them to concentrate during driving. In situations that they try to operate multiple devices, they are often distracted leading to accidents and thereby jeopardizing their safety.
It is also a known fact that that police officers work too much with less sleep leading to high fatigue and hence presenting itself as stress (Copes, 2005). Fatigue also leads to poor health with cases of heart diseases and disorders which in the process affects their productivity. Stressors experienced by police officers always lead to loss of lives to the officers and the community, a case is when a police car crashed killing two sisters on the spot. It also affects organizational performance and productivity due to absentees, currently 46 percent of police offices are often absent from their work stations (Territo and Sewell, 2007).
The recommendations presented by Dr. Bryan include executives and supervisors managing police officers and protecting them, helping in managing risks associated with police activities and thereby conserving police personnel, training officer on how well to sleep and schedule activities including overtime and shift tasks. In addition, there is need to put officers to where they belong and thus prevent overworking, training them on how to measure and prevent fatigue and increasing justice to all through improvement of workplace and community policing.
Copes, H. (2005). Policing and stress. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Territo, L., & Sewell, J. D. (2007). Stress management in law enforcement. Durham, N.C:
Carolina Academic Press.