The nature of police work and the role that police play in our society increases the probability of officer exposure to critical incidents. Support and processing can lessen the impact of a critical incident. Resilience is the ability to overcome stress, trauma, and adversity. The ability to bounce back can be developed and enhanced. Those who are more resilient are less likely to experience the harmful effects of stress, including depression or PTSD.
After completing this class, the law enforcement officer will be able to:
- Define what a critical incident is
- Learn how to cope with the effects of a traumatic event
- Have skills to build and maintain resiliency
To meet the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s mandatory training requirement for the “Law Enforcement Stress and Critical Incidents” topic, officers must complete this class, Part 2 – Critical Incidents, PTSD, and Building Resilience, and Part 1 – Chronic Stress and Stress Management.