We can help your agency with proper protocols for funerals, arranging for extra support for the agency during the days immediately following the incident, making sure the family is aware of the benefits available to them, and more.
The more you prepare and train in ADVANCE, the better for all!
We offer support and resources for LEO’s who want help with:
- family issues (we have programs for spouses and families)
- financial matters
- suicide prevention, intervention, and follow-up
- alcohol and/or substance abuse problems
- spiritual issues
- other personal concerns
We have a chaplains’ component within our program which offers great benefit to many officers.
For those of us that have received the training, we now have a great law in place that defines our communication as “privileged.”
WHY WE DO THIS
We do this because it’s needed and it makes sense. We do this because we have seen it help other Officers. We do this because it works!
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 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 can 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 which hold the potential to invoke unusually strong 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.
DID YOU KNOW
- the life expectancy of a cop is 59 years (78.56 years for civilians)
- there are 125-150 cop suicides each year; two to three times as many cops kill themselves each year than are killed by a bad guy!
- there is a 72% divorce rate among 10-year veterans
- alcoholism among cops is twice the national average
- domestic abuse is twice the national average
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.