|Still Time to Register for the Remaining 2011 “Traumas of Law Enforcement” Trainings|
Since 1996, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) has provided this highly-acclaimed training to help agencies deal with officer death, injury, disability, police suicide, and the after effects of losing a co-worker. Although law enforcement loses between 140-160 officers each year, some agencies have no protocol for how to make an appropriate death notification, how to deal with the surviving family, or how to carry out the sensitive, compassionate support that surviving families need to deal with the loss of a loved one to sudden, often violent death.
While the January "Traumas of Law Enforcement" trainings have been held, there are still 5 trainings to be held in February and March. The "Traumas of Law Enforcement" training is a free, three-day, 21-hour training that allows officers an opportunity to develop general orders addressing traumatic issues affecting officers and sensitize them to emotional support needs of the fallen officers' families.
Officers learn appropriate death notification, funeral protocol, the need for emotional debriefings following critical incidents, law enforcement suicide, officer disability, issues faced by traumatized officers, the effects of officer deaths on the co-workers, appropriate methods for dealing with survivors after the funeral, and the importance of support for officers that continue on the job.
The "Traumas of Law Enforcement" is recommended for Chiefs, Superintendents, Sheriffs, Chaplains, Dispatchers, Benefits Assistance Officers, Planning and Research Officers, Employee Assistance providers, Liaison Officers, Special Operations Divisions Officers, Victim Assistance personnel, any law enforcement officer, law enforcement family member, or law enforcement survivor.
"I would encourage others to attend the training because it is important to learn what the procedure is before you have a line-of-duty death. It is good to have the information on hand before it happens because when the event occurs, it is overwhelming for everyone. If you have the resource book with all the information that we received at the training, then you have something to help you make the best decisions," said Sgt. Hamann with the Lake Oswego (OR) Police Department.
C.O.P.S. presents the "Traumas of Law Enforcement" training at various key cities across the country each year. Approximately 700 local, county, state, and Federal law enforcement officers/officials attend these trainings annually. Trainings are funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice.
Below are the remaining dates and cities where the 2011 Traumas of Law Enforcement will be held:
January 31-February 2, 2011
February 7-9, 2011
March 14-16, 2011
March 28-30, 2011