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Published: | Author: Carrie Pettus-Davis | Source: The News Press

The Florida State University Institute for Justice Research and Development (FSU IJRD) developed this one-of-a-kind, research-backed training in partnership with the FSA because we recognized that while departments routinely focus on maintaining an officer’s physical health, there is another critical and equally important component — an officer’s mental health, including the effects of exposure to extremely stressful or traumatic events.

Category: Op-Ed, Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Source: NWF Daily News

The Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development, alongside Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr., recently announced a collaborative training program, “Resiliency Behind the Badge.”

The program is aimed at identifying and addressing post-traumatic stress in law enforcement officers across the state.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Troy Kinsey | Source: Spectrum News 13 - Orlando

In the wake of this year's mass protests over police practices, Florida's Republican leaders are embracing a decidedly pro-law enforcement agenda, including support for a new training program to help officers identify and address post-traumatic stress associated with their jobs.

The program, "Resiliency Behind the Badge," has been developed by the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida State University's Institute for Justice Research and Development, and this month earned an endorsement from House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor). "Whether it's a traffic stop or whether it's responding to a shots fired call, they can be equally dangerous situations for our police officers, and the stress that that puts on them and puts on their families can be seen when you interact with them and talk with them and learn about their service," Sprowls said during a virtual press conference.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Sarah Bascom, Kristen Grissom | Source: FSU College of Social Work

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), alongside Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr., today announced a collaborative new training program, “Resiliency Behind the Badge,” aimed at identifying and addressing post-traumatic stress in law enforcement officers across the state. 

“Every day our law enforcement officers report for duty, they are unsure of what lies ahead. They are prepared to bravely run toward danger, witness painful and traumatic events, and risk their own lives to save others at a moment’s notice,” said Speaker Sprowls. “That unique work environment can take its toll, both physically and mentally. It is important that we take care of our law enforcement officers and provide them the support they need.”

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Renzo Downey | Source: FLAPOL

Law enforcement leaders and researchers hope to combat post-traumatic stress in the force with a collaborative new training program in Florida.

Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development created the “Resiliency Behind the Badge” program, available across the state beginning Thursday through the Florida Sheriffs Association.

Through the program, law enforcement officers can learn to recognize traumatic stress’ physical and mental indicators and practice managing and responding to that stress both on and off the job. Officers also learn to identify potential symptoms in their peers and direct them to help if necessary.

 

This was also featured in FLAPOL's Sunburn.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: WCJB Staff | Source: WCJB

Unveiled Thursday, the three-hour course seeks to help officers recognize PTSD in themselves and fellow cops. Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson believes the program will save taxpayers.

“You want to mitigate use of force and you want better customer service for the citizens that we serve. The thing you have to do is provide healthier officers,” said Adkinson.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Karen Murphy | Source: The Capitolist

A new training program, “Resiliency Behind the Badge,” aimed at identifying and addressing post-traumatic stress will soon be available to law enforcement officers across the state.

“While departments routinely focus on maintaining an officer’s physical health, it is equally important to address their mental health as well, including the effects of exposure to extremely stressful or traumatic events. Healthy officers are better equipped to safely serve their community,” said Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, MSW, founder and executive director of IJRD. “Law enforcement officers experience an extraordinary amount of stress on the job. Providing them with specific techniques to understand and manage that stress can help improve their overall well-being and response to future events.”

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Flaglerlive | Source: Flaglerlive.com

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), alongside Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr., today announced a collaborative new training program, “Resiliency Behind the Badge,” aimed at identifying and addressing post-traumatic stress in law enforcement officers across the state.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Mike Vasilinda | Source: News4Jax

Florida law enforcement officers have a new tool to help them spot post-traumatic stress disorder in themselves and coworkers.

The goal of the online delivery program developed at Florida State University is to help officers understand why and when they are feeling abnormal stress and how to manage what they are feeling.

Few of us go to work and the first assignment is dealing with a dead body. But for officers, dead bodies, physical threats and constant danger are the job.

This story was also picked up by WJHG-TV NBC Panama City, Newsbreak, WBBH-TV NBC Ft. Myers, and WFLA-TV NBC Tampa.

Category: Resiliency Behind the Badge
Published: | Author: Gil Ziffer | Source: Orlando Sentinel

Individuals leaving incarceration and returning home deserve much more than the right to vote. They need the opportunities to enable them to successfully rejoin society.

We can implement proven solutions and offer help to those newly released. We need to start with better preparation within prison prior to release, including better job training. We also need to fund post-release mental health and substance-abuse counseling and help identifying suitable housing. We need to listen to the experts like Dr. Pettus-Davis and start treating these issues with knowledge-based solutions and stop ignoring the existing results that negatively impact us all.

Category: Op-Ed