Helms School of Government
hypervigilance, law enforcement
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ingram, Garrett, "The Applicability of Understanding Hypervigilance in Law Enforcement" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1067.
Hypervigilance is a condition characterized by a state of heightened awareness in the absence of a threat. Hypervigilance can occur for many reasons, ranging from stressful events or scenarios, to training, to personality. Because of the nature of law enforcement, hypervigilance is an issue that affects law enforcement officers as well as the people with whom they interact on a regular basis. It is important to gain a full understanding of hypervigilance and how it affects decision making, interactions, and quality of life, which has its own effects. By understanding these issues, law enforcement officers can overcome the issues associated with hypervigilance and use it to their advantage.