Stress among police officers has thrust WSU and the Spokane Police Department into the national spotlight. The national attention comes as tensions between police and some communities are growing.
WSU researchers have worked with SPD for years studying how officers respond in high stress situations. It is research first reported on KREM 2 News. Now with the help of CNN, their findings are catching the attention of people all over the world.
Researchers have looked at how police officers react to high stress situations for years. WSU experts also looked at how long shifts and late night patrols can take their toll on officers.
CNN reported on the work of Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice and criminology, just last night and earlier in 2014. Even media outlets from Australia have reported on the work done by WSU.