How do officers cope with stress, emotions?

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — There are going to be situations law enforcement must deal with that will put extra stress on them. So, how are they trained to deal with their own emotional toll?

News 18 spoke with CVTC Criminal Justice Instructor, Rob Teuteberg, who said each officer is going to react to stressors differently, so they’re going to cope with it differently as well.

Officers deal with day-to-day stress, but a high stress situation could be anything from a car crash to a child abduction. Teuteberg told News 18 no matter how affected those officers seem by the given situation, they’re teaching them how to cope and not let it emotionally drain them.

“Exercise, talking to a person, I mean these are all things that I’ve done. Obviously you don’t want to self medicate, that’s not a healthy stress reducer,” Teuteberg said. “Now we’re focusing in the academy primarily when we talk about physical health, we also talk about mental health, and what are healthy life style choices, what are healthy ways to deal with those areas of stress.”

Teuteberg added, fortunately there are more counseling resources and peer groups available to officers for high stress or emotional situations, and he only sees positive things from that.

Samantha Wensel

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