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Articles of the Week 12/10/12

Businesses invest in police support Teams


The Berks Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police recently thanked business owners who contributed a total of $6,000 to buy the jackets and to pay to train new members of FOP Member Support Team, said Daniel Billings, coordinator of the critical incident stress management program.

The team, which has been active since 1989, is the longest-serving police support group in Pennsylvania, Billings said.

It consists of mental health professionals and police officers from various Berks County departments. The team conducts crisis-management briefings and provides stress-reduction and other counseling services to officers in need.



International Association of Chiefs of Police, Peer Support Guidelines ratified by IACP Police Psychological Services Section

(Chicago: IACP, 2011)