Searching for Best Practices in Mitigating Occupational Stress for Police Officers

EDITORS NOTE: This research project has now closed and we will publish the findings as soon as we have them available. Please keep watching as we will be starting a project to discover and publicize best practices in Agency Wellness Practices in the near future. was asked by Wendy Seiber a graduate student at George Fox University finishing a certificate in Trauma Response Services to post this survey of best practices in mitigating occupational stress for police officers. Please take this very quick survey.

Wendy was asked to design a project examining police stress mitigation compared to best practices. She told us “My project is examining how police departments deal with work related stress and how stress is mitigated. The goal of the project is to raise awareness to the general public, the media, and the government that more funding is needed in order to help reduce the amount of work related stress officers face. By increasing the funding for training, man-power, and stress reduction programs early on, there would be a reduction in the amount spent in early retirement, paid sick leave, loss of man-power, and other related costs in the future.”

Wendy’s project consists of an online survey that should take no more than 10-15 minutes of an officer’s time. The survey is completely anonymous and never asks for names of any identifying information.

To take the survey CLICK HERE

To view the up to the minute results of the survey CLICK HERE (results are instantly uploaded on site)


“Best Practices in Mitigating Occupational Stress for Police Officers”

This research project will examine the general stress and trauma that police officers deal with in their everyday lives as part of their occupations. In particular, it will examine stress and training in regards to routine calls that officers respond to while on duty. Every day police officers are putting their lives on the line in order to protect the citizens of their city and states. Whether they are working behind a desk doing detective type investigation or on the front lines dealing with spousal abuse victims, gang violence, or tickets, they are facing a high level of stress. Research has shown that police officers face a higher level of stress than the general population. By expanding on the research that is already available, it would be possible to see where increased funding could help as well as raise the awareness to the public what it truly means to be an officer of the law.

The overall goal of this project is to examine whether individual police units abide by what best practices say regarding mitigating occupational stress for the officers and how the units are doing so, e.g., through trainings, seminars, etc. Several crucial questions to be asked in order to verify previous research are: what stressors do police officers actually find the most stressful in their occupation, and how do they show signs of the stress? The project will then examine what is offered by law enforcement agencies to reduce stress for the officers, what trainings are offered, and what would help in the future.

This project will examine several hypotheses regarding police stress and trauma as part of their occupation. It is first hypothesized that police experience the most occupational stress due to the interactions with the public and due to the overwhelming amount of paperwork involved with a call. It is also hypothesized that an increase in funds and man-power is desired by the officers to reduce the departmental stress.

To take the survey CLICK HERE

To view the up to the minute results of the survey CLICK HERE  (results are instantly uploaded on site)

Thank you for your help! This survey will benefit us all.

If you haven’t already done so please also take the Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Response© (P.O.W.E.R.) Survey. It takes about 5 minutes, is completely confidential, and is for LEO’s ONLY. They need your help to spread the word as they are looking for 1,000 responses CLICK HERE

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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  2. Hi Sonny,

    Thanks for the help!

    In addition to our usual surveys on the survey tab at we are sponsoring two other research programs at the moment. This one and the P.O.W.E.R. research being conducted by Dr. Olivia Johnson. Your people can find links to both of those surveys in this article and on our survey page. Thanks again for the help!

  3. John, I have passed on this information to the 100+ officers at a PD that I work with. Hopefully, they will find it useful and participate as well.

    Be well,


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