Hyper Vigilance In Law Enforcement

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Hyper-Vigilance Many issues are in the face of law enforcement officers on a daily basis . Most of which, an officer cannot just shrug off and get on with the daily duties and tasks of life. Hypervigilance and Hyper aggression is a growing problem among law enforcement officer's that requires a system that can be put into place that will help them deal with the mechanisms these officer's face on a daily basis. It begins as one form and without some form of counseling, and recreates itself into another disorder. Determining if pre-emptive counseling, during event counseling, and post event counseling can help thwart off many of the issues law enforcement officers are faced with, and possibly allow for this applicable technique to be used across…show more content…
Although in movies, it is dramatized and harmless, it really is a dangerous psychological, physiological, and career destroying breakdown on law enforcement personnel. Hyper vigilance and hyper aggression among law enforcement, both on and off duty, is important to recognize to assume a balance in the high stress career that these individual 's face daily. Although much study has been done to discover the causes of hyper vigilance and hyper aggression, it is equally important to be proactive in the cause as well. Hypothesis: To conduct a study to measure hyper vigilance and hyper aggression on law enforcement officers with two or more year 's experience in the field. Then begin implementing a proactive counseling system at all levels (proactive, intervention, post-event) , then re­ measure the levels of hyper vigilance and hyper aggression among the same law enforcement officers. Comparing the levels of aggression and hyper vigilance before counseling and afterwards, will show if the preemptive delivery has any effect, if at all.…show more content…
This leaves to question the furtherance of counseling that should be included in proactive measurements . Gilmartin noted in his study that officer 's who socialize with other officer's leave's the officer without the benefit of testing other social perpetual settings or social roles" (n.d). In adding to this issue, it always brings back the daily task of work or war stories of duty past. Not to mention many officer's are trained with the mentality at the beginning of their training at the academy much like military cadets go through. This mindset leaves an officer with a biased "always ready" persona. In a study that was conducted by Sgt. Charles Hume, he feels one way to control the adrenaline that feeds from tunnel vision in situations is to teach officer's in the academy level is how to breathe. He contends that "it is clear that one of the most important factors is the individual’s ability to control physiological and emotional arousal levels when faced with high stress situations" (2003). Hume's idea seems to go against all previous studies in the attempt to prevent or relieve stress without counseling. He believes that "we owe it to our officers to give them every tool possible ..and to help them keep their adrenaline demons under control" (Humes, 2003). Although his methodology may seem argumentative , it is being

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