Suicide is the #1 cause of death for police officers every year. An estimated 120,000 officers work every day with symptoms of PTSD. Only 3% of agencies have a suicide prevention/awareness program. Most agencies do not have a Peer Support team or a Wellness Program to promote emotional survival. With over 900 hours of police academy training in California, at most 24 hours are typically devoted to emotional survival.
Officers distressed with PTSD and emotional suffering are incapable of providing effective professional service to the community. Well trained and emotionally healthy officers provide the best chance to preserve the safety of our communities.
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