The study of police stress is certainly not a new development or phenomenon to police science. What has been overlooked in a compilation of stress studies is the effects of a unique set of stressors on police officers that work in smaller communities. Job perception and career expectation plays an important role in what motivates police officers and this is especially imporant in smaller communities. When these motivators are compromised, it causes stress that not only effects the individual officers, but the communities in which they serve. Police Stress in Small Town USA takes a practical as well as academic exploration into several police agencies and the atypical stressors that they face. The results of tolerating these conditions can result in high turnover, burnout and far too often, suicide.