Implementing Peer Support Services for Small and Rural Agencies
This session discusses how peer support training and approaches can be tailored to meet the wellness and resilience needs of small and rural agencies. Panelists discussed different considerations for peer prevention and resilience support, peer intervention during difficult times, and peer postvention following critical incidents. Using lessons learned from the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMWHA) Peer Support in Small and Rural Agencies pilot project, presenters will discuss how to develop manageable, sustainable peer support services. New resources from COPS Office LEMWHA program and the IACP OSW initiatives will be shared.
- Explain unique training approaches for small and rural agencies.
- Demonstrate skills from peer support training.
- Discuss training and resource options for small and rural agencies from the COPS Office, IACP, and Cop 2 Cop.
Jennifer Styles is a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is an experienced criminal justice grant manager with a strong ability to translate the needs of the field into tangible resources, services, and trainings. Ms. Styles specializes in community-police relations, officer safety and wellness, pretrial justice, volunteer management, emergency preparedness, and tribal and smaller agency issues. Ms. Styles currently oversees IACP’s portfolio of officer safety and wellness work to include the Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium, National Consortium on the Prevention of Law Enforcement Suicide, Innovative Approaches to Officer Safety and Wellness, VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program, National Peer Support Program for Small and Rural Agencies, and Law Enforcement Family Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program.
Sunriver Police Department
Senior Program Specialist, COPS Office
Nazmia E.A. Comrie is a senior program specialist in the Resources and Technical Assistance (RTA) division at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). Nazmia provides leadership for the development, implementation, and delivery of technical assistance efforts to state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies across the county as the program manager for the Collaborative Reform Initiative. She is an issue manager for issues related to human trafficking, hate crimes, interpersonal violence, and mass demonstrations, and has expertise in officer wellness and safety and youth safety. To date Nazmia has authored and coauthored a number of publications relevant to her areas of expertise and the criminal justice field as a whole, including Building Stronger, Safer Communities: A guide for law enforcement and community partners to prevent and respond to hate crimes. In addition Nazmia was a significant contributor to the After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri report that was released in 2015. Nazmia received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her master's degree in criminal justice from University at Albany, where she worked on research involving homicides, wrongful convictions, community policing, and gangs.