What is SBC?
Behind the Badge
Support Resources
The Book

Our goal is to develop and present a more clear understanding of this phenomenon. This is a site for law enforcement personnel as well as the general public - to enlighten, educate, and offer support to officers who have been inexplicably drawn into the emotional upheaval of those who choose to end their lives. 

There are police officers who are on duty today that are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many demonstrate stress-related symptoms that often go unchecked. There are various reasons for this, but one may be that there are no adequate resources available in their department to assist them during this difficult time. It may also be that the resources that are in place are not a guarantee that they will be treated with dignity and confidentiality. If you are a Law Enforcement Administrator, please review your departmental policy regarding support resources for officer-involved shootings.

Police Officer Do not be alarmed if you are feeling overwhelmed. A post shooting incident is a numbing event even for the most veteran of officers. You are about to embark on a personal struggle that is uniquely yours. Though singular in the circumstances surrounding the shooting, talking with others who have come through a similar event can be helpful. Seek out your peers. Consider that professional counseling does NOT diminish your character.

Yes, you are a cop, but you are human first, with frailties and strengths, all of which form your character. You did what you had to do - what you were trained to do. The moral excellence that is part of you still exists. Whether you decide to continue in a law enforcement career or seek another profession, remember...you went home alive.

Be safe - be well.

Please respect our privacy.  You may ONLY contact the officers listed on the support page via email.  Do not contact us for interviews if you intend to plead "editorial" excuses for last minute, unauthorized changes to the final story.  We find the entire process a gross invasion of privacy and assault on our dignity.  Should we find that you have been deceptive regarding the focus of your story, we will bar you and your publication or network from any further interviews.