Require Police to Participate in Monthly Psychological Debriefing Sessions

Require Police to Participate in Monthly Psychological Debriefing Sessions

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Desiree Aurillo
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Police officers should conduct debriefing / education sessions at the end of every month. This would look like a staff meeting of sorts. The working officers, a psychologist, a supervisor and occasionally the chief of police would be present. This creates the opportunity for the officers to review the activities and cases of the month; while being able to reflect on behaviors, traumas, strengths, weaknesses and better solutions for the future. Debriefings create a safe and confidential environment for officers to offer advice to their peers, while having the opportunity to discuss difficult and confusing events they have experienced. This would not be purposed for discipline, but to allow officers to recognize patterns and better possible outcomes. Officers could use this time to converse about hypothetical, yet realistic scenarios. A psychologist would be present to process the month with officers and to offer “one-on-one” time if necessary. This debriefing process will decrease built up frustration, that at times is taken out on civilians; giving the officers a reminder to stop, think and breath before making possibly fatal or harmful decisions. Officers could also utilize this time to conduct hands on and relevant training opportunities.