As we’ve mentioned many times before, critical incidents and the stress the can cause in an individual’s life aren’t limited to the military field.
Those who work in any type of industry that experiences life-threatening situations or acutely stressful incidents may manifest signs of critical incident trauma. Without management efforts executed by professionals who’ve received critical incident training, it’s almost impossible for these individuals to continue on their career path unaffected.
For a full list of industries that can benefit from critical incident stress management efforts, see our blog post on “Who Is A First Responder?” Currently, we want to focus on our discussion of critical incident stress management and critical incident training on one of the most visible first responder industries: law enforcement officers.
Law Enforcement Events That Require Debriefing
Today’s law enforcement officers must deal with many of the high-risk, high-stress situations that are present during military service, only their jobs are never-ending. Critical incident management is necessary for the following situations affecting law enforcement, and possibly more:
- Line of duty deaths (LODD)
- Serious line of duty injuries
- Emergency workers suicide
- Unusually tragic deaths of children
- Significant events in which the victims are relatives or friends of law enforcement personnel
- Events that seriously threaten the lives of law enforcement personnel
- Any event that has significant emotional power to overwhelm the usual coping mechanisms taught to law enforcement personnel
Debriefing Opens The Door For Critical Incident Counseling
As you might imagine by reading over this short list of critical incidents, law enforcement at at risk of enduring one of these events every time they go out on patrol or begin to investigate the scene of a crime.
This constant exposure to potentially traumatic events is why critical incident training is so important for those who supervise or are in charge of counseling for law enforcement personnel.
In our critical incident training courses, one of the first things we cover in-depth is how to conduct a debriefing session for law enforcement personnel. Making the time for debriefing can significantly mitigate the impact of a critical incident, facilitating proper communication of emotion, processing of what has been seen or experienced, and making it possible for law enforcement personnel to return to routine functions as soon as is safely possible afterwards. Getting the proper care immediately after an event increases the chances that personnel will seek ongoing help. However, it’s important not to overuse the formal critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) as it might dilute the effectiveness of the process if it’s employed for every little thing.
Become A Debriefing Expert With Our Critical Incident Training
Want to know how to conduct a critical incident stress management session for law enforcement? Interested in knowing the difference between an incident that requires critical incident stress debriefing and one that can be better addressed through a peer support counseling program? Contact Peer Support Central today. Our online critical incident training courses and workshops make it possible for counseling staff to better execute their duties, taking better care of the law enforcement personnel who so desperately need their support.