November 20, 2018

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Importance of Remembering Support Personnel After a Tragedy Occurs

 
Gordon Graham
Category: Public Safety

Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Today’s tip is for everyone in public safety and it is about the importance of remembering support personnel after a tragedy. 

You should have a response plan in place should someone in your department be critically injured in the line-of-duty.

Support personnel may work behind the scenes. They may work in public. They serve various functions in your department. You might call them non-sworn, non-commissioned, civilian, or something else entirely. They are integral and important members of your department. They are also members of the same family. They shouldn’t be overlooked or forgotten when tragedy strikes. 

Dispatchers are the first to hear calls for help when there is trouble. Evidence technicians investigate the scenes of horrible and disturbing crimes. Detention officers deal with the same criminals who wreak havoc on the streets. Community service officers direct traffic at bloody accident scenes. In whatever capacity they serve, support personnel grow close to other members of the department. They suffer the same grief, pain, and loss when a member is seriously injured or killed. 

You should have a response plan in place should someone in your department be critically injured in the line-of-duty. Please make sure that your plan includes support personnel, including in notifications, stress management, and counseling resources and designated seating at the funeral. 

We all suffer when tragedy strikes a co-worker. Let’s truly stand together when we do. 

And that’s today’s tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham, signing off. 

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