Recognizing Officer Distress: Individual and Agency Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate Cumulative Stress
Stress is a normal reaction to daily pressures. Law enforcement officers’ stress can build up over the course of navigating difficult life and work events. When this stress becomes too much to deal with or overwhelms an officer’s coping mechanisms, distress can occur and impact safety and wellness. To maintain a healthy and optimal level of functioning, individuals and agencies must recognize when distress is occurring and be equipped to employ strategies to restore balance. Whether it is recognizing when yourself or your fellow officer might need more support or implementing organizational changes to support officer safety and wellness, everyone has a role to play when distress occurs.
Target Audience: Law enforcement officers
Overall Objectives: To provide law enforcement officers with strategies to help prevent distress from occurring and to restore balance
Project Funding Provided By: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Includes: A webinar that highlights stress prevention approaches from an individual and agency perspective
Jennifer D. Griffin, Captain, PhD
Captain / Ph.D.
Delaware State Police / University of Delaware
Captain Jennifer D. Griffin, Ph.D. is a Patrol Operations Commander and Chair of the Employee Wellness Unit for the Delaware State Police, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware (U.D.), a certified Performance Coach, Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, and a Performance and Mental Training Coach for the U.D. Div. 1 Women’s Field Hockey Team. She has over 21 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of assignments and ranks. She has a Doctorate from the University of Delaware Sociology / Criminal Justice Department, where she currently teaches four classes. Captain Griffin is a peer-reviewed author and presents nationally and internationally to include: The United States of America, China, Taiwan, and Canada. She is an F.B.I. National Academy Associates Training Committee member & Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Program Master Instructor, and a recognized Resiliency Subject Matter Expert with the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC). She is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy graduate of Session 268, United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar, and the I.A.C.P. Leadership in Police Organizations (L.P.O.) Program. She has presented numerous times at both the I.A.C.P. Annual Conference and the I.A.C.P. Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium.
Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee, Police Department
Audrey Fellingham has been a law enforcement officer for eight years total. She was first a patrol officer for Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Nashville, TN. and currently is a patrol officer for Durham Police Department in North Carolina. Audrey is also a military veteran having served two tours of duty in Iraq while she was an active duty soldier assigned to 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY. and is currently an Army Reservist Staff Sergeant with the 377th CBRN Company.