Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), 2019
This report addresses the charge from Congress to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to identify successful officer mental health and wellness programs using a case study format as directed by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. Each case study layers a number of strategies from recruitment to retirement that cover a continuum of prevention, early intervention, crisis response, and follow up care. Interviewees at each site indicated during the case study site visits that there is no one single solution; rather, a holistic approach using multiple components gets the best results. And it also requires a strong commitment from the law enforcement agency at all levels to prioritize and support officer mental health and wellness in a way that overcomes stigma and builds confidence and trust in the privacy and sensitivity of the services available to officers, staff members, and their families. See the complementary report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress.