Mercedes Benn1, Taylor Bruno1
The Difficulties of Law Enforcement: Law Enforcement is a rewarding, but albeit, difficult career. Law Enforcement officers deal with sometimes unimaginable situations both outside of, and within their ranks. The question of emotional support opportunities available to law enforcement officers is crucial to performance. What do officers know about mental health, stress, and resources available to them? More importantly, if they do know what services are available, do they take advantage of these opportunities in times of need? What goes into their decision regarding whether or not to avail themselves of support? The researchers measured officer attitude toward obtaining support when needed. Researchers designed a 2×2 factorials, between persons, non-repeated measures design to determine whether gender of officer and career longevity (rookies vs veterans) were factors in seeking support. Results indicated interesting findings and conclusions regarding the direction of support for law enforcement officers.