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Force Under Pressure
How Cops Live and Why They Die
Lawrence N. Blum
ISBN: 9781930051126
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
6 x 9
208 pages
July 1, 2000


In Force Under Pressure, Dr. Lawrence Blum, who has devoted his life's work to the survival and wellness of "those who serve," describes the sources of danger, injuries, and victory to police officers in a down-to-earth, readable style. Blum argues that there are missing “ingredients” in the training and socialization of police officers. These ingredients include techniques and tools to condition the officer’s decision-making and concentration during conditions of emergency; internal controls necessary to maintain the will to survive; and aids that will prevent officers being defeated by any threat. Distressing and/or disturbing physical and psychological reactions are common in a police officer's workday, and the officer must be prepared for them. Blum's work has uncovered many of the casues of compromise to officer safety and wellness, and he contends that police officers will be well prepared to cope with unanticipated or rapidly changing encounters if they possess the right tools and the know-how to command and control field encounters and life's pressures. Here Blum provides practical tools for survival in law enforcement, by combining his clinical knowledge with true stories of police officers for an attention-grabbing and informative book.

Larry Blum is a clinical psychologist who has devoted his life’s work to the safety and wellbeing of those who serve in law enforcement. Since 1981, he has treated hundreds of peace officers in the aftermath of lethal force encounters, traumatic crisis incidents, and the day-to-day challenges of police work. He has been recognized for his expertise in providing consultation and training to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the management of police work stress.
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