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A culture of silence and stigma around emotions dominates policing, officer diaries reveal

By Sarah-Jane Lennie, Research associate, Manchester Metropolitan University
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When you are a police officer, your emotions have to be hidden or pushed down. Officers work hard to detach themselves from their emotions as a way to cope in a culture that has an expectation of silence in the face of trauma. This culture directly contributes to the increase in mental health issues in police officers and staff.

I should know. Policing is in my blood. I was a police officer for 18 years. I am a child of two police officers and my husband is a police officer.…


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