"Officer stress detection" reviewed by Fla. agency heads


By Valerie Kalfrin
Tampa Tribune

TAMPA, Fla. — Because stress manifests itself in different ways, Tampa police Capt. Jill Ramsten wants to focus on the small details to get a picture of officers' well-being.

Ramsten heads the Internal Affairs Bureau, which investigates allegations of officer misconduct. It also maintains the department's Early Intervention Program, which originated in the 1990s to identify officers with personal problems or aggression issues.

Each week, her computer automatically culls information about officers' behavior from seven criteria and flags those who should meet with a supervisor.

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