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Military Veterans and Police Officers alike dedicate their lives to serving others. The enormous amount of pressure they are under often causes long-term, potentially devastating psychological effects.
Rookie officers, who are coming into the profession should experience programs that will prepare them for the life-changing experiences which are sure to come. Agencies should proactively act to rescue those cops who have already been ‘through-the-wringer’ for a significant amount of time.
Attending to mental stress, PTSD, depression and major-league mood-swings are just a few of the things cops must face in their careers. Mental stress in the life of a seasoned cop shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone in a leadership position.
Rescuing the protectors doesn’t happen if we pretend it isn’t there and close our eyes to its symptoms. Reaching out and gently asking, point-blank questions when you suspect that a Brother or Sister is struggling comes down to this:
If not me, then who?
If not now, then when?
WHAT CAN I DO, RIGHT NOW?
Try to find a quiet spot. If not, a noisy one will do. Listen as Chief Danny Watson (ret) talks with Shawn Lawry. He’s the famous, “Shawn, the Veteran guy.”
Shawn is a veteran of the Army.
He damn-near killed himself with booze, drugs and a lifestyle that went with it. He came close to using a 9 mil and ending it all, himself. By the Grace of God, he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. Today, he has helped a bunch of other guys to follow in his footsteps.
Danny will take time to ask probing questions and then listen to Shawn’s answers. They can be help today AND tomorrow.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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