Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support
When The Unthinkable Happens
REGIONAL COUNTERDRUG TRAINING ACADEMY PEER SUPPORT/INTEGRAL OFFICER SURVIVAL (RCTA)
Length: 4 days (40 hours)
Designed For: Law Enforcement Officers, Trainers, Supervisors, and Dispatchers
Prerequisites: Students must be law enforcement officers or dispatchers.
Certification: This course is POST-certified in the states of Mississippi and Georgia and APOST certified in the state of Alabama and accepted for certification in other states.
Description: Officer Survival means so much more than staying alive in a fight. It means surviving physically, emotionally, legally, financially, politically, and with your family. Very few training facilities discuss all these aspects. RCTA has assembled a 40-hour course designed to teach officers not just how to survive, but how to live.
Law enforcement officers are faced with extremely high levels of stress. This stress is not just incurred in high stress events. This stress is accumulated over period of time in which the officer is self-seemingly not involved in critical incidents. The constant exposure to human trauma, the daily sensing of death and destruction, and the steady trigger of survival response stimuli cause the officer to age abnormally fast. The life expectancy of a career law enforcement officer is 59, while the average American male s life expectancy is 78.56 years. Ten year veterans of Mississippi law enforcement have an over 70% divorce rate. Law enforcement officers are the highest occupation for suicide: 125-150 officers per year complete suicide in the United States. This is two to three times the amount of LEOs that are killed by bad guys in the line of duty. Law Enforcement Officers are ranked number one in alcoholism. Many are involved in domestic abuse, and unfortunately, many abuse controlled substances and other drugs. The traumas of law enforcement have their costs to the individual officer.
Since the implementation of Mississippi LEAPS, hundreds of officers have received counseling from peer support members. These counseling sessions included dozens of officer involved shootings, dozens of accidents, physical injuries, marriage and family problems, substance abuse problems, and job fatigue. Mississippi averages one officer involved shooting every two weeks. Other more populous states are even higher. Automobile accidents involving officers occur weekly, and other types of high stress events occur daily. Law Enforcement officers are constantly faced with job stress issues and training is needed to teach officers how to care for each other.
The RCTA Integral Officer Survival/Peer Support class will teach the law enforcement officer how to assist co-workers in crisis.
REGIONAL COUNTERDRUG TRAINING ACADEMY OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING (OIS)
Course Length: 8 hours
Designed for: Participants must be a member of a counterdrug military unit, a law enforcement officer, an officer assigned to investigate officer involved shootings, or a dispatcher assigned to emergency communications. Preference will be given to officers and agents assigned to narcotics investigations and military counterdrug personnel.
Prerequisites: See above.
Description: This course will discuss the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, departmental and other changes that may occur in any officer involved shooting but focus will be on drug investigator shootings. Aspects of the before, during and after of the event will be detailed. Specific instructions will be given to plain clothes and undercover personnel. Considerations of the initial investigation, follow up investigations, grand jury issues, public sentiment issues, and the welfare of the individual officer will be examined.
Other issues discussed will include evidence, interview of the shooter and witnesses, reports, news media, and return to duty.
With officer involved shootings being on the rise and with them being a controversial topic with national media, the law enforcement community should closely examine and improve its traditional approach to these events.
TUPELO | 15-18 MAY
We will host our peer support class in Tupelo at the Law Enforcement Training Academy. This will be a four-day (40 hour) POST-certified class.
If you are interested, please e-mail jathony (at) panolaso.com as soon as possible for consideration!