Remind your officers there is strength in recognizing and admitting they need help; there is courage in seeking
out that help. However, it is also important for public safety “families” to take care of each other. This not only
means supporting one another, but also pointing out and acknowledging changing and/or risky behavior in your
fellow officers. If you notice an officer in need of help, talk with them. As a leader to your officers, you should be
able to pull them aside and check in. Provide opportunities for dialogue by saying things like:
As always, encourage your officers to seek assistance, but if they seem unwilling, offer to look into resources for them, and offer to be there with them when reaching out for services. If you feel comfortable doing so, share an instance where you needed help and sought it out, and give an example of how it helped you address some of the stress you had been experiencing prior. Your officers look to you not only for orders but also for examples, answers, and advice; letting them know they are not alone and that you’re there to help them can go a long way.