An Arizona Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a City of Tucson Police Department official could not be compensated for traumatic stress disorder, confirming an Industrial Commission ruling that he failed to show "unexpected, unusual or extraordinary" stress , required by state law.
The officer, who began in August 2000, received several months of training with the department after undergoing physical and psychological examinations before employment and that "there was evidence that he received two-page confirmation that his duties may require him to respond. death scenes and handles body parts and conducts interviews with child abuse victims and is exposed to various other stressful and emotionally charged situations, "according to documents in No. 2 CA-IC 2020-0001
After serving as a patrol officer for ten years, the officer was promoted to detective in 2011 and assigned to the Violent Crime Unit for six years, then the Street Crime Unit, until joining the Violent Unit 2018, which is when he witnessed and participated in a shooting incident in a home where a man died, according to documents.  Later that year, he filed a claim for compensation for workers, which was disputed by the Industry Commission, which heard from a supervisor who "testified that the incident in question was rare" and the official himself testified that the incident "was only the latest among several other events that had contributed to his PTSD.
In turn, an expert witness who had served as both officer and police chief for other jurisdictions testified that it was not an unusual occurrence, saying: "There are some very powerful stressors that officers can be exposed to, and yet there are some of the job. It's not unexpected, it's not extraordinary, it's not unusual.