What tools and resources do you and others in your organization have access to that help manage the high stress levels that may arise from the nature of the job and environment?
Hi Maryann. Most, if not all agencies and departments will offer counseling to employees after an incident free of charge. After the Boston Marathon Bombing, my department mandated that anyone who worked that day needed to sit down and speak with a grief councilor, even if for only five minutes. I didn't have a problem with it and welcomed the opportunity, but others felt insulted or joked about it. To each their own I guess. In an effort to give officers a little break, some supervisors would place officers at a low call for service post or patrol area if they saw someone starting to burn out.
I've found to everyone has a different mechanism to cope with the stress of the job. Some are good like fitness, and some are destructive like alcohol. I personally liked doing a quick debrief with my co-workers after an incident. I found it therapeutic to talk about what worked, what didn't work, or something I missed that I should look out for next time. I also found joy in the classroom. I was fortunate enough to earn my masters degree while working a full time. Personal growth and development was my release. And as I typed this response, I discovered that answering Wiselike questions is also means of therapy for me, so thank you for asking your question and making me realize that!