Essex, Hudson County police job stress a growing concern

(11/10/04) JERSEY CITY Recent incidents of homicide and suicide among Essex and Hudson County police officers have raised peoples awareness of the stresses involved with being a law enforcement official.

While many new police recruits undergo a psychological screening, they are often not tested on a regular basis. Many departments try to help with job pressures by offering free counseling and by encouraging officers to watch each other for signs of stress and depression.

Some health care professionals are against the implementation of mandatory psychological screening. Instead, they would like to see officers undergo training to recognize signs of poor mental health among fellow officers.

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