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Trauma Via 911: The Forgotten First Responders

Dispatchers can be the forgotten first responders when it comes to departmental concerns about the psychological well-being of service personnel. Yet they experience many of the same traumatic reactions to critical incidents and cumulative stress as police officers. Dr. Michelle Lilly and research associate Heather Pierce of Northern Illinois University have conducted what is believed...
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Are Controversial Recommendations About Officers in Shootings Really Valid?

How do you think an officer should be treated after he has shot and killed an offender: A. Like a suspect or a civilian witness–required to give a statement ASAP…isolated for fear he’ll collude with others to concoct a self-serving fairy tale of what happened…interrogated rather than interviewed, with every discrepancy and hole in his...
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Will Traumatic Stress Sharpen Your Memory-Or Sabotage It: What The Latest Findings Reveal

How can an officer in a gunfight be looking at their sights and not see and respond instantly to a change in a subject’s behavior? Why couldn’t the officer see the other person? He has to be lying when he said he didn’t see the person drop the gun! Why can’t he tell us how...
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Latest Findings And Recommendations About Traumatic Stress

The largest study of its kind has confirmed that LEOs commonly experience a wide and potentially “devastating” range of mental and emotional reactions to life-threatening encounters. But they show such remarkable resilience in bouncing back that, contrary to popular belief, very few actually leave law enforcement or suffer permanent damage from their traumatic encounters. The...
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