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
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.
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.