Mental Health Issues for Law Enforcement
Police officers are called to handle a variety of issues throughout the country. One of the types of calls often handled involves a person who is suffering from a mental illness and is in crisis. Police officers also face their own traumas, both physical and psychological. Officers are not immune to the stresses of law enforcement. As an officer, you are in a profession that causes more life-risks than just being shot in the line-of-duty.
The goal of this block of instruction is to provide a better understanding of what cognitive impairments are and what mental illness is and is not.
The topics include:
- Ideas for handling calls that involve individuals who have a mental illness or cognitive impairment,
- Identifying and understanding the stresses that the officer will face, and
- Understanding the effects of psychological trauma.
There will be focused discussion on the effects of a healthy lifestyle, the importance of having an appropriate fitness regimen and establishing good nutritional habits. These things directly affect an officer’s longevity and their ability to effectively fulfill their professional law enforcement duties.
Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.