Table of 10 the Most Stressful Jobs of 2015
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Source: The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015. (2015, January 7). CareerCast.com. Retrieved from http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/most-stressful-jobs-2015.
The risky nature of police work received a high-profile concrete expression in late December 2014, when news broke that two police officers of New York City’s Police Department were killed by a lone gunman who reportedly acted to avenge two previous 2014 extrajudicial killings of two black men, Michael Brown of Fugerson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of Staten Island, New York.
This New York Post reported the news with a strikingly emotive headline, “Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’”—a headline that implicitly spoke volumes, in and of itself, about the rather volatile status of community-police relations during an especially troubled period in this nation’s history of human relations. As that news report put it,
The report added that three hours before killing two police officers, Brinsley had posted an Instagram message about what he allegedly intended to do. The news report recaptured the Instagram message as follows: “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours . . . Let’s Take 2 of Theirs. This May Be My Final Post” (Celona, Larry, Cohen, Shawn, Schram, Jamie, et al., 2014).
A noticeable change in public protest sloganeering and even on television talk shows following the shooting of the two New York police officers, was a switch from “black lives matter” to “all lives matter.” No doubt, all lives do matter, and all lives deserve equal protection of the law.
Generally-known risks associated with law-enforcement, in particular, and security work, in general in the United States and elsewhere, became compounded recently in early January, 2015, when the news media reported that an organized international terrorist group, known as Islamic State, had posted a video message on the internet in which its spokesperson called for the assassination of “police, security and intelligence members,” in four Western countries, namely the United States, France, Australia and Canada. This information was released to the public just a few days after gunmen broke into and killed 12 employees of a French magazine in Paris, France (“NYPD, FBI issue,” 2015).
At this juncture, it’s apropos to recall that in his address on the issue of public confidence in law enforcement earlier on, President Obama said as follows to the nation:
- Increase police officers’ use of body worn cameras
- Expand training for law enforcement agencies (LEAs)
- Add more resources for police department reform
- Multiply the number of cities where the Department of Justice facilitates community and local LEA engagement (“Building Trust Between Communities and Local Police,” 2014).
- Widespread Use of Body Cameras and Dashboard Cameras
- Broken Windows Reform and Implementation of 21st Century Community Policing Model
- Review and Revision of Police Use of Deadly Force Policies
- Comprehensive Retraining of All Police Officers
- Comprehensive Review and Strengthening of Police Hiring Standards
- Appointment of Special Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct
- Mandatory, Uniform FBI Reporting and Audit of Lethal Force Incidents Involving All Law Enforcement
- Creation and Audit of National Database of Citizen Complaints against Police
- Revision of National Police Accreditation System for Mandatory Use by Law Enforcement To Be Eligible for Federal Funds
- National Comprehensive Anti-Racial Profiling Law (“10-Point Justice Plan,” 2014).