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March 2018 | Volume 11 | Issue 3

Law enforcement regularly responds to service calls for individuals with mental illness who may be in crisis. Officers and deputies need the knowledge and resources to effectively respond to these crises, while also ensuring the safety of the individuals with mental illness, other community members on the scene, and themselves.

Just like law enforcement officers address mental health issues in the community, agency leaders must address the psychological and emotional well-being of their officers. Mental health and resilience is a core element of officer safety and wellness. Therefore, officers must be able to not only withstand day-to-day work-related stress, but also be able to recover emotionally from traumatic events.

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