Peer Support Teams Fill an Emotional Void in Law Enforcement Agencies

Psychologically healthy police officers are far more likely to provide high-quality, professional services to the members of their communities. Police departments make a significant investment in selecting mentally and emotionally healthy individuals as part of their hiring process. Police chiefs can protect and enhance that investment by various methods aimed at promoting wellness. One effective strategy for stimulating a culture of psychological wellness within an agency is the development and maintenance of a peer support program. Such programs need not be the exclusive purview of large departments with behavioral health sections; small departments would also greatly benefit from the training of their staff in peer support techniques.