- Have a policy in place that encourages officer to use vacation time, rather than cash it in. Stress is cumulative and vacation is a good way to discharge it.
- Have a physical fitness policy that encourages cardiovascular health and competency in defensive tactics. Fitness is effective against prolonged stress, and it will also give an officer an edge during critical incidents.
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.