Portland, OR – LENN’s Voice of American Law Enforcement, Randy Sutton, spoke to a group of Portland Police officers who have been on the front lines of the rioting for the majority of the last eight months. Sutton called his seminar Pride in Policing and used his time to remind officers that most of the people across our nation support law enforcement, as well as to address the rising issue of Post Traumatic Stress Injury/Disorder in policing.
The leadership with the Portland Police Bureau put together a week-long training for those officers on the Rapid Response team, presumably to address their mental health and give them a break from the violence, the rioting, [...]
Retired police officers are often times not quite ready to completely give up a life of work even as they leave law enforcement. This statement is even truer when an officer is forced to retire early for medical, mental health, or other reasons.
I can say from personal experience of being medically retired after just about seven years of service that it is daunting to face a future not knowing what you can do next. My major hindering thought was that I wasn’t qualified for anything else, and I know I’m not the only one who has had that thought.
What Kim Triplett-Kolerich, cofounder of Sheepdog Resume, reminded me and so many others of, though, is that [...]
Robeson County, NC – One major benefit of being in law enforcement is the brotherhood. The camaraderie. The lifelong friendships and strong bonds.
Or at least that’s what happens on TV.
Time and again, when I talk to people as a peer support advocate through The Wounded Blue, I hear how as soon as an officer is injured, they’re completely forgotten about. They’re left to deal with their injuries- mental and physical- like they were never even a part of the team.
I had that very conversation with Scottie Deese, who up until New Year’s Eve was a deputy with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
On August 31, Deese, who is [...]
Did you ever hear that you should be thankful for what you have no matter what you’re going through, because someone always has it worse?
That may very well be true, but it doesn’t mean that what you’re going through isn’t “bad enough” for you to be upset about. Yes, it’s good to try to focus on the positive and to be grateful, but sometimes things aren’t ok. Sometimes you’re not ok. And that’s ok.
Part of the stigma surrounding police and their reluctance to seek out help when it’s needed (physically and mentally) is the “it’s not as bad as” mindset.
“Oh, yes, I was in a [...]