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.
In Harm’s 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.