Stress and the Police Officer, second edition.Stress and the Police Officer, second edition, by Katherine W. Ellison, Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Springfield, Illinois Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. As reported in the 2000 U.S. Census, the city was home to 111,454 people. The land on which Springfield is today was first settled in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a , 2004.
It is hard to believe that over 20 years have passed since the publication of Dr. Katherine Ellison's first edition of Stress and the Police Officer. That pioneer work, written with Lieutenant John Genz of the New Jersey State Police, appeared shortly before the FBI's first National Symposium symposium
In ancient Greece, an aristocratic banquet at which men met to discuss philosophical and political issues and recite poetry. It began as a warrior feast. Rooms were designed specifically for the proceedings. on Police Psychological Services and documented the fledgling study of stress in law enforcement. It has served countless students and professionals seeking to understand this newly recognized phenomenon.
While her new book is a significant rewrite re·write
v. re·wrote , re·writ·ten , re·writ·ing, re·writes
1. To write again, especially in a different or improved form; revise.
2. of its predecessor, Dr. Ellison makes a consistent point in both: "Research on police stress has not kept pace with the research on occupational stress in general. Much remains to be done." On the other hand, her most recent work will add to the knowledge of any administrator, police psychologist psy·chol·o·gist
A person trained and educated to perform psychological research, testing, and therapy.
psychologist , or student of law enforcement. It is extremely well organized and well researched, with two appendices ap·pen·di·ces
A plural of appendix. that add to the impact of this text. One, "Resources, Tips, and Gimmicks," identifies useful information for anyone wishing to explore the topic of police stress. A second, a detailed bibliography bibliography. The listing of books is of ancient origin. Lists of clay tablets have been found at Nineveh and elsewhere; the library at Alexandria had subject lists of its books. , provides extensive references for the use of the reader.
This work, even more than the first edition, is user-friendly and avoids psychological jargon jargon, pejorative term applied to speech or writing that is considered meaningless, unintelligible, or ugly. In one sense the term is applied to the special language of a profession, which may be unnecessarily complicated, e.g., "medical jargon. . It easily explains the nature and typical response of an individual to stress while focusing particularly on the nature of stress in law enforcement and unique stressors experienced by special groups within the profession, including civilian personnel and ethnic and racial minority, female, and gay and lesbian officers. She clearly has articulated ar·tic·u·la·ted
Characterized by or having articulations; jointed. methods by which anyone connected with law enforcement easily can recognize stress reactions and, more important, has identified practical stress management techniques for the individual.
Two chapters in the book prove especially compelling. First, Dr. Ellison discusses organizational strategies for stress management, emphasizing that police departments must be concerned about the quality of management and the reduction of stress. Within this chapter, as well as throughout the book, she offers fair and honest criticism of stress-causing practices seen in many agencies and within the law enforcement culture itself, but outlines clear steps that any department can take to mitigate mit·i·gate
To moderate in force or intensity.
miti·gation n. organizationally caused stress.
Second, she emphasizes the importance of training within an agency. As she notes, "For a program of stress awareness and management to be even minimally effective, it must include more extensive and comprehensive training. It must focus on changes at the organizational and supervisory level in addition to programs for individuals in the lower ranks." Her training chapter, in fact, suggests actions by which an agency could better prepare its personnel to handle stress and, as a result, reduce stress within the agency itself.
Dr. Ellison is a recognized expert in police psychology who has continually "kept up with the times." Her new text provides further evidence of both her dedication to the enhancement of police service and her recognition that this country's law enforcement officers deserve to be treated well.
Reviewed by James D. Sewell, Ph.D.
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