The purpose of this project was to demonstrate the need for a state-wide peer officer support model. Although support services were available, there were inconsistencies in how they were made available throughout the state. A survey was carried out to identify these discrepancies and advise on best practices and recommendations. One major obstacle was the issue of stigma attached to seeking assistance that prevents most officers from seeking services. The survey identified that peer officer support programs have higher rates of utilization over EAPs and mental health professionals. The vast majority of supervisors and officers were supportive of an option for peer officer training and supportive training programs. Smaller departments had fewer services available than larger departments showing a need for a state-wide peer support program. By utilizing the brotherhood of law enforcement personnel, administrators can help to build the foundation of a strong peer support model.
|Advisor:||Tally, Margaret, Violanti, John|
|Commitee:||Brown, Dr. Meredith|
|School:||State University of New York Empire State College|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Critical incident stress, Law enforcement stress, Peer support team, Police suicide|
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