Preparing for the Unimaginable: How chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events
DOJ Report: Preparing for the Unimaginable: How chiefs can safeguard officer mental health before and after mass casualty events See the abstract and download the report at this link. Though most agencies have trained and equipped their officers for immediate response to mass casualties, few have prepared their personnel for the psychological fallout. Tragic events can have a profound effect on first responders, who may suffer emotional distress that lingers long afterward.
From the FBI Bulletin: Officer Survival Spotlight The 4,000-Pound Bullet Offenders use vehicles as weapons at an alarming rate; officers need to prepare themselves to face this threat.
Article from the FBI Bulletin: Mental Preparedness Training.
"Law enforcement agencies should incorporate mental preparedness training into tactical exercises to reduce the effects of stress on officers. These mental preparedness techniques give officers the capacity to access and apply their training during real-world critical incidents."
State events occur on Thursday, May 5 and Friday May 6. See details at this link.
Thursday, May 5, 8:00 PM, Candelight Vigil: State Capitol First Floor
Friday, May 6, Noon, Memorial Ceremony: State Capitol 2nd Floor
Friday, May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the Week of May 15-21 is National Police Week. See the agenda of Washington, DC national events at this link.
Flags should be at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Sunday May 15. 36 USC §136
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