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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 09:20 AM
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Help sought for police after combat (officers returning to do duty with PTSD symptoms)
Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON Police officers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to duty with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder that law enforcement and mental health authorities fear could put their judgment and public safety at risk.

The USA's largest organization of police chiefs is developing a national strategy to assist returning officers, citing worries that prolonged exposure to combat could make it harder for police to follow strict regulations on the use of lethal force in civilian life.

"This is about trying to save careers," says Jim McMahon, chief of staff for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

A survey last month of 103 psychologists across the USA who treat public safety officers found 16% were counseling those who had returned from combat zones, says Stephen Curran, a Maryland psychologist who conducted the survey and counsels officers.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-11-15-reentryc...
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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 10:11 AM
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1. I am glad to hear
that at least the International Association of Police Chiefs is concerned enough about their soldier/police officers to provide some counseling for them. Its a scary enough though that some of the PTSD afflicted officers will be on the street even with counseling, let alone that some will fall through the cracks and be back on duty without it. Add this to the long list of ways that * has made not only the world more dangerous but here at home also.
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