Are you a law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant or otherwise involved in the law enforcement community? Are you looking for helping with critical incident management in your own career, or do you have a desire to establish a critical incident counseling program in your department? If so, you’ve found the resource you’re looking for.

Founded by two veterans of the law enforcement field, Peer Support Central is solely focused on providing first responders with the training they need to experience a happier and healthier career. We know first hand how hard it can be to deal with the constant stress of the law enforcement profession, and we also know the toll it takes on first responders when they try to handle all of this tension on their own.

That’s why we’ve customized our critical incident training programs to address the issues that law enforcement officers care about most. Keep reading to learn more about why peer support programs are so important for first responders and the wealth of knowledge that you’ll gain through our online trainings and workshops.

Why Is Peer Support So Important For Law Enforcement Professionals?

For a better understanding of why peer support is so important for law enforcement professionals, let’s take a look at some of the stunning statistics concerning trauma and suicide in the industry.

Previous research has shown that “officers over age 40 had a higher 10-year risk of a coronary event compared to average national standards; 72 percent of female officers and 43 percent of male officers, had higher-than-recommended cholesterol levels; and police officers as a group had higher-than-average pulse rates and diastolic blood pressure,“ reports Law Enforcement Today. “Data showed that 23 percent of male and 25 percent of female officers reported more suicidal thoughts than the general population (13.5 percent). In a previous study, suicide rates were three times higher in police than in other municipal workers.”

Research from the FBI has also shown that peer support programs can drastically reduce the number of office suicides by decreasing resistance to professional counseling and improving participation in proactive mental health checkups. That’s why critical incident training and peer support are so vital to the law enforcement community, and why we’re proud to provide the following in our workshops and courses.

In Our First Responder Training, You’ll Learn:

  1. Critical Incident Training Best Practices – Just wanting to establish a peer support program for your fellow officers isn’t enough. You have to have knowledge of the philosophy behind peer support counseling in order to execute it well. Our Basic course serves as a skills building module for new peer support specialists and walks them through the best practices using in-depth discussions and practical exercises.
  2. Real Life Applications – Just explaining the best practices isn’t nearly enough for developing an in-depth knowledge of critical incident training, though. That’s why we also explore case studies that demonstrate how these principles can be rolled out in real life in our Advanced peer support course. Each participant is encouraged to bring a difficult or challenging case study for group discussion and analysis.
  3. Contemporary Trauma Support – In our peer support Update course, veteran law enforcement officers are invited to participate in a comprehensive review of new concepts in the area of critical incident training. If you’ve gone through our Basic and Advanced courses in the past, or have been operating a peer support program for some time, this is the perfect way to make sure you’re staying up to date on the latest knowledge.
  4. Career & Family Survival Tips– As we’ve described in many previous blogs, the career of law enforcement officer is very stressful and isolating, which can lead to problems at home. In this course, we help new and veteran first responders (as well as their spouses, at no extra charge) build a better understanding of how to care for their mental health and remain connected with their families.
  5. How To Survive Life Threatening Wounds – The potential for being injured, sometimes critically, on the job is a fact of life that all law enforcement officers and their families must deal with on a daily basis. This half-day course provides knowledge and encouragement concerning the process of surviving a life-threatening wound in the line of duty. Taking it could save the life of a fellow officer, or even your own.
  6. How To Build A Wellness Program – Is your organization or department sorely in need of a program that helps officers focus on wellness? Through this half-day workshop, we can show you the basics of designing and building your own agency-specific wellness program. Learn how both physical and mental wellness work together to keep officers safe and healthy.

We hope this post has helped you to see the wealth of information that is waiting for you when you enroll in Peer Support Central’s courses for law enforcement. Contact us to learn more about our critical incident training options today!