Why We Do This
It’s no secret that a law enforcement career places unique stressors on cops. We’re good at what we do because we can exist on Adrenalin and caffeine; we’re doggedly determined, fiercely loyal, and always “in control.”
We remain stoic and professional in the face of the senseless tragedy we view daily. Despite the low pay, long hours, and no “normal” life on holidays and weekends, we report for work as scheduled because the battle of good versus evil rages on.
We know that without us, anarchy would rule society. Only a cop understands that this is who we are, not just what we do. We really are 24/7. The bottom line is that what makes us good at our jobs does take its toll on the rest of our lives.
We’re taught to “keep it all in” from the first day at the academy, to protect our families, because society just doesn’t understand the cop sub-culture and because it’s just not “police” to show emotion. Every day, police face high-stress events – situations that hold the potential to invoke powerful emotions which have the potential to interfere with our ability to function, either at the scene or later. Shootings, accidents, use of physical force, injuries, seeing injured victims (especially children), deaths (especially line-of-duty-deaths), suicides (especially police suicides), sudden health problems, and the myriad of tragic events that we witness happening to others (and ourselves!) daily are all examples of critical incidents. But sometimes, our “survival techniques” are self-destructive.
THIS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE; THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE!
We’re cops just like you. We’re here to respond and help you deal with the physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual effects of job-related stresses. You are not alone! If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.
You should know this about us too:
ALLEAPS is made up of professional emergency responders who care enough to volunteer their time to “be there” for their brothers and sisters in tough times. ALLEAPS is privately funded. We have no employees, no government grants, and we are independent of being “controlled” by any agency or department. ALLEAPS proudly provides focused, practical peer support and training to emergency responders without cost.
Our purpose, motivation, and reason for existence are for the same reason you do your job. We are your fellow officers who answer the same calls, deal with the same people, write the same reports, and experience the same unique challenges as you do. If you have experience from the interior of our law enforcement brotherhood, you have brothers and sisters at ALLEAPS that understand things the way you do.