No one wants a partner that is clearly unfit for the job both physically and mentally. They are dangerous to themselves, their squad mates and the community. The communities we serve expect officers to be fit and able to handle the call. Not only are we letting the people we serve down we are doing a disservice to ourselves. You took an oath to the badge and wear it proudly every day. Pride in physical ability, fitness, strength, marksmanship and driving skills all set officers apart from the public. We owe it to ourselves to have some pride in our wellness and managing stress is the first step.
Without sufficient stress management skills the freight train will roll on and eventually will take its toll. Denial and the it won't happen to me attitude have no place on the street and have no place when it effects your health. Once your career is over, you have to live with your body and the demons that dance in your head to quote a officer friend of mine. Be proactive now to have a better and healthier life with fewer health problems, less stress and a whole lot more fun.