CopShock, 2nd Edition: In the second edition, almost 50 percent of CopShock has been expanded, revised and updated with new material, including self-tests for PTSD. This second edition is a valuable follow-up to the first, with new chapters that carefully lay out what PTSD is and how officers can take steps now to “prepare for the inevitable.” Kates encourages officers to set up a support system before a critical incident occurs, which includes friends and family, peer counselors, therapists and support groups. Highly interesting is a new chapter (9/11) in which he discusses the dilemma of “delayed onset.” The chapter on “Resiliency” is also a thoughtful one that offers suggestions on developing what the author calls a “resilience” to future traumatic events by broadening one’s viewpoint, acceptance, considering support groups, and taking advantage of a mental health professional to develop a healthy strategy for moving ahead. A book every officer should read.

National Police Wives Association

The National Police Wives Association is a non-profit charitable organization available to the wives, husbands, family, and significant others of law enforcement officers, providing support, resources, and friendship. We are dedicated to helping one another face the daily struggles of being in a law enforcement relationship as well as support for spouses and children of police suicides and PTSD. The NPWA has over 200 members that chat and share advice daily. Our forums are the place to start if you are looking for support, advice, or even just friendship. The NPWA provides resources to those new to the law enforcement community, as well as promoting volunteerism and charity within the law enforcement community in general.

Behavioral Health of The Palm Beaches, Inc.

Specialized Inpatient Addictions and Dual Diagnosis Track treating Law Enforcement Officers, Corrections Officers, Parole/Probation Officers, Peace Officers, Public Safety Personnel and Emergency Responders.

24/7 admission process treating addictions, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain management, anger management and conflict resolution, gambling, family dysfunction and stress management. EMDR Trauma Technique offered to clients exposed to traumatic situations to include combat veterans.

Apartment style living offers the most conducive environment for the client to feel safe and secure, while protecting their anonymity. Treatment options vary from 30-60-90 days up to supportive living options for longer term clients. They also provide a series of educational and training programs on various topics related to law enforcement to include addictions, PTSD, EMDR, Depression & Anxiety and family Dysfunction.

Call 1-800-251-9445 or visit:

In Harms Way

In Harms Way provides suicide prevention training for law enforcement agencies with the goal to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help and to encourage officers to support one another. They provide a resource of information and knowledgeable speakers for annual training.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Free and confidential. A network of more than 130 crisis centers nationwide Available 24/7.

Are you in crisis? Please call 1-800-273-TALK


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SCLEAP) was born out of the actual needs of state police officers serving in the field as well as non-sworn administrative staff members and their families. Modeled on a concept currently used by the FBI, SCLEAP is an employee assistance program which provides services as well as maintaining a cadre of volunteer chaplains across the state. The staff and volunteers are on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, in order to better serve the needs of all South Carolina law enforcement employees.

Perhaps the most popular offering under our Critical Incident Stress Management service area is the annual Post Critical Incident Seminar. Created by the FBI specifically for law enforcement officers, the PCIS offers SC officers a safe and effective method for post-incident training in critical incident stress. Offered only to officers who have been through highly traumatic events, the PCIS can mean the difference between staying on the job or leaving law enforcement for another profession due to the unresolved and unexamined effects of critical incident stress.

Call 803-252-2664 or visit:


Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.

Call 1-573-346-4911 or visit:

The Badge of Life Program

The mission of the Badge of Life Program is to assist all police officers in the United States and Canada in maintaining a high quality of mental health throughout their careers.

Call 916-993-9939

The QPR Institute

SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING: The QPR Institute is a multidisciplinary training organization whose primary goal is to provide the best suicide prevention educational services and materials to professionals and the general public. The institute offers state-of-the-art programs to institutions that want to increase their standard of care and reduce the suicide rate. John Violanti, PhD, a former police officer and one of the nation’s leading experts on police trauma and suicide, is a certified master trainer in QPR and can train-trainers and certify them to teach QPR

National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation

The mission of the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation is to provide suicide awareness and prevention training programs and support services that will meet the psychological and spiritual needs of emergency workers and their families. Their goals are to provide suicide related counseling and support for families and officers ( including law enforcement, paramedics, IRS agents, fireman and other emergency workers), provide encouragement and hope to families of suicide victims by helping them to under stand and deal with their anger and guilt, provide educational seminars to educate the general public and government employees on suicide awareness, and provide a network of communication among suicide survivors.

The Law Enforcement Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous was created to assist employees in our profession. The meeting is open to any law enforcement employee who has a desire to stop drinking. Check out our list to see if there is a group near you. If you can’t find a group that’s accessible to you, we still encourage you to attend AA. Many of us did, finding our recovery from alcoholism more important than our ego.