Speaker Series: Police Wellness Services- Providing Critical Resources to Officers in the Field
Policing is proven to be a high trauma, high fatigue, and high stress job and all these experiences are known to affect our mental health. Police culture suppresses the conversation with a "be strong" mentality that stigmatizes those who seek help. Stress arising from public scrutiny on social media is compounded by a feeling that the public is against the police profession and exacerbated by low levels of internal trust about fair treatment. This can lead to a withdrawal of discretionary effort, impede effective decision making, and negatively influence and officer's performance professional and personal life. Oscar Kilo, U.K. National Police Wellbeing Service, was established to provide evidence-based research and resources for effective wellbeing service delivery and collaboration across emergency service providers. This conference workshop discussed current impediments to officer wellness across the profession and actionable steps of the Oscar Kilo implementation process prepares attendees to develop a scalable model to promote personal resiliency framework for all officers.
- Identifying wellness needs of first-line officers and how agency leaders can address individual needs with a systems approach.
- Understanding of established effective evidence-based wellness service models.