Police officers need help long after they survive an officer-involved shooting or critical incident. Does your agency have a plan to help prepare officers or to help them recover after the incident?
The health and well-being of your officers depend on what you’ll do to prepare them and help them following a traumatic incident like a shooting. Your agency can’t afford to wait until after a crisis occurs to decide how you’re going to manage the aftermath from the standpoint of both the officer and the agency.
Officer-Involved Shooting and Critical Incident Response will help you develop strategies for preparing for the officer-involved shooting or critical incident and responding in the aftermath.
Critical Incident Training for Law Enforcement
This responsibility does not have to come at the expense of agency recognition of the long-term psychological and physical health needs of the officer.
This critical incident training will help agencies know what to do in the first three days after an incident, as well as identify proactive and reactive strategies following the event. You will also learn about the emotional stress that occurs during an incident and how that heightened stress can remain after the event is over.
Nationally Recognized Model
The principles you’ll learn are based on the comprehensive approach used by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department since 2012. The IMPD officer involved shooting and critical incident model connects the agency and the officer with internal and external resources to ensure the physical and mental health needs of the officer are being addressed long before the OIS or critical incident occurs.
Through that model, officers received pre-incident inoculation, post-incident health-related resources, and a mental health check-up. They fulfilled their investigative responsibilities and internal review. Within two weeks after the incident, those officers were able to return to full duty—healthy.
How does it work? The IMPD’s model is broken up into pre- and post-incident segments: the first 0-24 hours, 24-48 hours, 48-72 hours, 72-96 hours, and beyond. The model focuses on stress and trauma inoculation before the critical incident and uses triage and support resources after the incident occurs. Throughout this process, the officer is prepared to survive a critical incident, help investigators after the crisis, and be proactively engaged in healthy practices.
National organizations and government institutions have recognized the benefits of this approach to officer health. The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed this model. The IMPD also received the 2015 Destination Zero Valor Award for Officer and Agency Wellness by the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
It’s only a matter of time before at least one of your officers encounters a critical incident. Officer-involved shooting and critical incident training will teach you that it’s never too early to prepare for how you’ll help manage their health.
Here’s a comprehensive list of what you’ll learn during critical incident training: