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March 2020 | Volume 13 | Issue 3

Tim Whitcomb
Sherriff, Cattaraugus County, NY

We are all familiar with the truism that policing is a hard job. However, for the women and men who walk the thin blue line, that statement is more than just a simple adage. The physiological and emotional toll paid by America’s law enforcement officers is an inherent part of the job that only those who have worn the uniform can fully understand.

The COPS Office is pleased to release a new series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement. The videos are part of the COPS Office’s What’s New In Blue series, inspired by the approach used to develop quick-hitting TED Talks. They work well as training aids, during roll calls, in break rooms, or for your personal viewing whenever you have a few minutes to focus on something interesting.

The first newly released episode features Sherriff Timothy Whitcomb from Cattaraugus County, New York. In this episode, Sherriff Whitcomb tells the heartfelt story of how a fellow officer’s suicide became his wake-up call and spurred a crusade to help law enforcement officers minimize and dissipate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Given the increased rate of law enforcement suicides and the growing focus on safeguarding the emotional wellbeing of officers, the sheriff’s message should not be missed.

Other episodes to be released in the coming months address issues such as drug-endangered children, establishing effective police-community relationships, introducing drones into patrol operations, the practical application of tourniquets, and woman in policing: past and present. Read the Dispatch and visit the COPS Office website to make sure you have the latest news from the COPS Office.

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