Wounded cops to get free help E-mail
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Wounded law enforcement officers in New Jersey will get counseling support paid for by the state under a law signed recently by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

"New Jersey's law enforcement officers have made the choice to shoulder the risk and responsibility that comes with the job of protecting our state and its people," Corzine said. “We must make it our responsibility to ensure that these officers get the proper counseling care and support that they need if they are wounded in the course of performing that task."

The new law expands a state toll-free crisis hot line program for law enforcement personnel to include counseling and support services for officers wounded in the line of duty.

Under the program, wounded law enforcement officers could receive free peer counseling, debriefing, group therapy and individual therapy through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey which will  receive $80,000 from the state to fund the program.

Edward R. Brannigan, president of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, praised the signing and said counseling can make a huge difference for a cop trying to recover and get back to work.

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