Strengthening the capabilities to lead police officers following exposure to trauma

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2018-02-14
Authors
Kowalski, Cameron
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Exposure
Leading
Police
Trauma
Abstract
Police officers respond to tragic events as a course of their duties. Many of these tragic events are traumatic in many ways. The front line police officers are the first line of defence and are generally the first people on scene. The visions and experiences are something that many people would find difficult to comprehend, yet front line officers perform these duties daily. This inquiry examined how the supervisors within the Delta Police Department in Delta, British Columbia lead front line police officers following exposure to traumatic events. The study found that the role of the patrol supervisor was incredibly important in providing guidance and leadership to their teams following post-trauma events. The recommendations included consistent enhancement of current knowledge bases, but also new initiatives to strengthen psychological support and awareness. The ultimate goal is to reduce stigma related to mental health and create an environment of emotionally intelligent supervisors.
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