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Non-Profit Organization Raises Awareness of Officer Suicide at Police Week

BlueH.E.L.P.—an organization that tracks police officer suicides while simultaneously seeking to prevent such tragedies from occurring—held several events at Police Week in Washington DC to honor officers who died by suicide and offer support to the families they left behind.

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California Department Adds Therapy Dog to the Ranks

Crime victims, witnesses, and first responders in the California city of Pinole will soon have access to a therapy dog to help them with emotional support following traumatic incidents.

Axon Employees, Customers, and Partners Are Making Policing Healthier

Earlier this week I attended the Axon Accelerate Conference in downtown Phoenix. The official theme was "Run In"—in recognition of the fact that police officers run toward danger while everyone else runs away. But there was another underlying theme, "Total Wellness" for law enforcement.

Video: Sister of Officer Who Died By Suicide Seeks to Prevent Similar Tragedies

Leann Starr—sister of Chicago Police Sergeant Lori Rice—recently made a video for the Chicago Police Department intended to reach out to other officers who may be approaching crisis.

Dave Smith: A Deeper Hurt

When officers need emotional and mental help, each of us has a responsibility to support each other.

Dispatchers and Call Takers: Thanks to (and Support for) the Men and Women on the Thin Yellow Line

During the second full week of April, public safety agencies celebrate a group of individuals without whom public safety agencies would fail to properly function—dispatchers and call takers.

(Video) Reducing the Mental Health Stigma Among Officers

Melissa Swailes discusses the mental health resources that are available to law enforcement officers through Blue H.E.L.P, a non-profit organization.

Missouri Department Gets First-Ever Therapy K-9

The Independence (MO) Police Department welcomed to its ranks a 2-year-old golden retriever/border collie mix as their first ever certified therapy dog.

Canadian Government to Study Post-Traumatic Stress Among First Responders

The Canadian government will reportedly invest millions of dollars in an effort to better identify, treat, and prevent post-traumatic stress among public safety workers.

Mental Health Crisis Is a Social Problem, Not a Police Problem

In a POLICE-exclusive interview, Robert Harris of the Los Angeles Police Protective League board of directors discusses the problems with making police act as the front-line problem solvers for the mental health crisis.