Course detail: Gold Shield: Identifying and Leading At Risk Employees

Course Description: 

This exploratory, interactive course will educate current upcoming law enforcement executives on the latest information regarding alcohol/drug abuse, post-traumatic stress, stress/anxiety, depression, and suicide within the law enforcement community. With increased knowledge, police organizations will be able to create and improve current policies and programs that encourage officers in crisis to seek help so that they may remain productive and contributing members of their law enforcement organization. 

Participants will be provided with the materials, theories, educational foundation, and a development plan which will allow them to better succeed in personal/professional endeavors. Students will be expected to engage in interactive discussions and practical exercises as a part of this course. 
Core Competencies:
  • Participants will support their wellness and resilience with skills learned in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas required of law enforcement officers.
  • Participants will appraise and adopt the duties and behaviors incumbent upon a law enforcement leader who acts in ways that support the needs of their organization, community and profession. 
Course Objectives:
  • Assess ways common mental illnesses and disorders affect law enforcement officers.
  • Compare all available treatment options and services.
  • Employ best practices of effective crisis intervention policies for law enforcement agencies. 
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Practical Exercises 
Who Should Attend:
  • Administrators
  • Supervisors
  • Law Enforcement Officers 
Course Requirements:
  • 100% Participation in discussion and practical exercises


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