Cpl. Steve LeSueur with OPD says they offer “a chaplain with several other chaplains and we also have counseling that is available for other officers.”
According to a study by Ruderman Family Foundation, the number of first responders who took their own life outnumbered the ones who died in the line of duty in 2017, a devastating trend that’s only on the rise.
“Sometimes you experience very traumatic things, it’s just different for every single officer,” says LeSueur.
“If there is a mass shooting or something that is traumatic like that that officers go through then they always make the counseling available, the chaplains are always available and they also do a lot of other things. They will have classes and debriefings to help cope you know the officers through the traumatic experience that they just went through,” he adds.
In light of the mass shooting that rocked Odessa on August 31st, OPD also brought in therapy dogs to give first responders comfort.