A police officer reacts to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Mass. The 19-year-old college student wanted in the bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Manhunt Took Physical, Emotional Tolls on Law Enforcement
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The successful capture of the Boston Bombing suspect did not come without a price. An MIT Police Officer was killed in an ambush, and investigators worked round the clock. A former FBI supervisor says such a case can take a toll on law enforcement.
John Culhane with Hilbert College's criminal justice department says police working 12 hour days or more can deplete resources. "It depends on the number of people you have," says Culhane. "You want to keep some in reserve and rotate them in and out if you can, but the longer the shifts, the more depleted your personnel has become." Culhane says the other physical toll is all the adrenaline officers are running on during such a case. "The adrenaline happens every time you turn a corner, and it repeats itself every time. The stress will eventually take its toll on anybody," explains Culhane.
There's also an emotional toll, especially when police lose one of their own in the line of duty. "You'll want to debrief, make sure everyone's ok, share your experiences," says Culhane. "Good management will make sure employee assistance programs are available to people who need it and have counselors on hand for those who need it."