Chris trains with a special police unit, a daily life of action, and peer pressure. When he shoots a man during an operation, allegedly in self-defense, his colleagues celebrate him as a hero, but the outside world reacts with criticism.
Christoph is training with the Viennese special police unit WEGA, a daily life of testosterone, fighting, and peer pressure. When he shoots a man during an operation, allegedly in self-defense, his colleagues quickly celebrate him as a hero, but the outside world reacts with criticism. Soon thereafter he begins suffering from panic attacks and shows the symptoms of trauma. While battling internal impotence, he tries outwardly to uphold the appearance of the strong man so as not to forfeit his status as hero.
Very good film about PTSD and occupational burnout in the police force
Interesting film about PTSD and occupational burnout in the police force; with also some poignant satirical elements about special police units, I think. The film is based on the WEGA, a special unit of the Austrian police in Austria's capitol, Vienna. It is responsible for tasks and operations with higher risk-level than conventional police services. Some of the extremely critical depictions of the WEGA are a bit exaggerated, I think. So it would seem that the WEGA took one for the team here, in the sense that PTSD and occupational burnout among police officers - in Austria as well as the rest of the world - should be addressed, so as to prevent excessive force and police violence by police officers. However, I actually always had my suspicions that occupational burnout was a bit of problem in this particular police unit in Austria :) When I did my Master thesis at the Austrian police, I actually also attempted to conduct a burnout study at the WEGA - but regrettably I was denied access into this very special Austrian police unit :(
On a more serious note though, I think this film also tackles some very important delicate police issues, such as the proportional use of force. Especially in this day and age of violent extremism and terrorism, police officers are sometimes put in a position where they have to use their firearms to prevent the shooting and killing of innocent civilians. So I definitely think that such cutting-edge police films should also be made in those big countries - such as the USA, Russia and China - where police violence and occupational burnout in the police force is a big problem; in the sense that Law Enforcement Management should have no inhibitions of imposing mandatory Psychotherapy and Human Rights Education on police officers who exhibit unethical behavior and poor judgment in the international community.
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