With long and demanding hours comes a great deal of stress, according to White.
“We’re human and we have a human response to things, and there’s just a mutual respect between our officers and the community,” said Sgt. Jennifer Tate, who is also the wellness and resilience chair for the BPD Wellness Group.
While BPD officers have peer support groups and individual therapy services available to help process stressful events, they continue to deal with the impacts of understaffing and disrupted sleep schedules.
“One bad day isn’t really going to hurt you, but for police officers, there is constant stress,” said Aaron Fisher, a UC Berkeley associate professor of psychology. “The regulatory system of the body can start to shift. The orientation of the body shifts from the long term to survival in the short term.”
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