Causes of Officer Stress and Fatigue

Enduring stress for a long period of time can lead to anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a psychological condition marked by an inability to be intimate, inability to sleep, increased nightmares, increased feelings of guilt and reliving the event.

For law enforcement officers, stress can increase fatigue to the point that decision-making is impaired and officers cannot properly protect themselves or citizens.

Factors That Can Cause Stress and Fatigue for Law Enforcement Officers

Work-related factors might include: 

Individual factors might include:

  • Family problems.
  • Financial problems.
  • Health problems.
  • Taking second jobs to make extra income.
Date Modified: January 24, 2012