Keeping Cops’ Mentally Sound

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

When you're a law enforcement officer, your day can include a variety of situations, from desk work to traffic stops, to murder. And according to Lt. Bruce Ferguson of the Lansing Police Department, this can wreak havoc on an officer's mental health.

"One minute we're dealing with a grieving family. Then we may not have things for several days."

The ups and downs can be stressful. So the LPD makes sure to offer many programs to their cops. And they're completely confidential, so the officers can be assured their problems are kept private.

"Whether it's a trauma team or a simple debriefing, it's something we encourage them to do."

The sessions are voluntary. However if a serious incident like a shooting occurs, therapy becomes mandatory.

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