Introduction into Criminal Justice
This article was about the stress Corrections and Detentions Officers deal with. The stress they deal with in many cases, takes a toll on their life, work ethic, it can cause careless searches and careless maintenance towards their units. Many corrections and detentions officers resist and even completely ignore the thought that the stress of their job is causing them a great deal of physical and psychological harm. Most officers don’t talk about their stresses with anyone. Most of them don’t talk about their work life and how it stresses them because they don’t want to show that they are becoming vulnerable. This causes more traumatic damage to them and their families. They become extremely emotionally unstable, and are at risk of committing suicide.
The affects from these extreme levels of stress causes a lot of physical issues also on top of the psychological aspect. Officers have been known to develop high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, diabetes, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s also been known to cause the officers or even supervisors to have a heart attack or stroke. These risks are very real no matter how much the officers deny it. Some corrections/detentions officers do begin to notice their changes in behavior and decreasing mental stability and seek help. Yet may ignore this and it pushes them too their limits and occasionally beyond.
There are many reasons for these situations that people don’t think about when taking on these jobs. For instance; supervisors continuously hounding on line-officers about how they’re doing their job. Also they have inmates manipulating them, treating to harm, and actually injuring officers. Co-workers are a large deal of stress on other officers because of the fact that they’re dealing with the same issues. This is all why Carl ToersBijns said “stress is the silent killer”, especially in the lives of corrections...