Item description for Force Under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die by Lawrence N. Blum, Ph.D....
Lawrence Blum describes the sources of danger, injuries, and victory to police officers in a down-to-earth, readable style. Blum's main point is that there are missing "ingredients" in the training and socialization of police officers. In his book, 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. Blum offers tools to help police officers cope with unanticipated or rapidly changing encounters.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Lantern Books
ISBN 1930051123 ISBN13 9781930051126
Reviews - What do customers think about Force Under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die?
Practice Makes Perfect Jul 9, 2007
This is an excellent book. Well written. It applies to police and firefighters as well as corporatre managers working on high pressure and precice industry. A must read.
Good Book Jun 28, 2006
Great overview of the career and the stressors that it puts on us. Even put into "Soldier" or "normal" terms. A little dry but this type of material always is. But the simplicity of his terminology and explanation makes it much easier to read than sitting through an equally presented lecture. Its also not overly indepth. Some authors tend to explain too much and lose the reader. I find that he does no. He gives examples, makes it quick, simple, and gets right to the point. Its also nice how he give first hand anonymous accounts of situations that have occured, to help explain what he's talking about.
Very helpful in explaining the physchological circumstances of being a police officer Aug 27, 2005
This book should be read by all wanting not just to enter law enforcement but the criminal justice field in general. This is a very easy to read book, that took me less than a day to read. It presents several case scenarios and explains how to mentally prepare yourself to react in given situation. All examples are clearly defined and the techniques presented should be implemented.
Superb Jul 21, 2004
For those who love crime genre, this is a must read! A book about the life cops written from the heart. The author brings the pages alive, revealing aspects of modern day crime and methods to fight such. An easy to read, funny, shocking, frightening and thrilling book, which lifts the lid on modern police work. Whether a lawyer or a criminal, a cop or an armchair sleuth, this is one for your collection. I could not put it down.
Interesting subject, tedious writing style Jun 21, 2004
This book handles the stresses related to police work, how they affect individual officer's life, and how to overcame the stress. The author is a phychologist who works with police departments in stress-related issues.
I had high hopes towards this book, as I have read a couple of similar books, and they have been mostly interesting to read, shedding light to an important issue. I was disappointed with this book, however, as in places the text is somewhat tedious. It is not too difficult to understand, but it is not very pleasant to read. It is as if the author had forgotten to whom he is writing this book for, as he uses expressions and writing style that you would expect to find in a scientific publication, not in a book aimed for general public. In places the text is much more interesting to read, as if the author had been suddenly excited about the given subject, bringing his enthusiasm into the text.
The text covers both the theoretical aspects of the issue, and there are also some stuff that can be directly put into use (like visualization exercises). The book explains the background and causes of some widely known stressors, which was interesting to read.
If you can put up with the somewhat tedious writing style, the book (the issues presented in the book) is interesting to read. But on the other hand, there are more interesting books on the market, also.