Why Peer Support? Officer Survival Survival Stress Officer Involved Shootings Department Stress Family Stress Survival Defusings Debriefings/Counseling Sessions Communication Skills Line of Duty Deaths Chaplains Recognizing Mental Disorders Confidentiality
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 law enforcement have an over 70% divorce rate. Law Enforcement Officers are the highest occupation for suicide: approximately 500 officers per year commit suicide in the United States . 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 Peer Support, 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 Integral Officer Survival/Peer Support class will teach the law enforcement officer how to assist co-workers in crisis.
While we take great pride in our Detecting Danger classes in helping officers recognize and respond to danger, Officer Survival means so much more than staying alive on the street. It means surviving physically, emotionally, legally, financially, politically, and with your family/friends. Very few training facilities discuss all these aspects. We have 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 critical incidents. 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.
Students must be police, correction or dispatch personnel
Our 40 hour course is designed for law enforcement officers, supervisors, trainers, chaplains, and police/fire dispatchers with preference given to those with 5-15 years experience on the job