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The Need, Facts and Purpose 

The facts are in, and the costs are high!  Law Enforcement Personnel face many types of danger in their chosen career.  According to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C., on average, somewhere in America, a Law Enforcement Officer is killed in the line-of-duty every 54 hours. Officers often pay another price that doesn’t make the headlines or the evening news, yet one that still destroys lives.  Stress among officers often affects relationships…  ending in divorce, at an annual rate of nearly seven  times that of the general population. It can generate problems with alcohol and domestic violence.  Stress also lead to disruption of normal sleeping patterns, poor eating habits and nutrition, paranoia, fear, anger and depression. In addition to the day-to-day stresses, officers are exposed to trauma and critical incidents causing PTSD. And according to research, every 22 hours, somewhere in America a Law Enforcement Officer commits suicide. This act is preventable, but intervention is absent, and the officer is successful, a wave of grief, anger, disbelief and a reduction in morale affects the co-workers.

Education and Training are keys to reducing stress. Unfortunately, the average officer only receives two to four hours of training for dealing with stress and ethics. Then that officer is expected to react to stressful situations the way they were trained; but the fact is that agencies don’t encourage training unless the officer gets into a situation and is forced to go to a stress awareness class and counseling.

“It’s a proven fact that more officers died from their own hand and health related problems than in the line-of-duty. It’s time to face reality and provide the training officers need to survive this stressful profession.”
Lt. Joseph Caroll, NYPD