|Post Deployment Programs for SC Law Enforcement Officers|
Police officers who are deployed to the war zones are just like everyone else. Many experience issues related to separation from family members and loved ones. Some suffer reactions to stress on the battlefield or stress from simply living in the war zone. Others find it difficult to make the transition back to work, family and personal life.
The difference between the average citizen and the police officer lies in the fact that upon return to the civilian world, the officer continues to carry a weapon everyday, they continue to confront hostile forces each day they are on the job and they continue to run the risk of exposure to highly toxic critical incidents.
Through a volunteer cadre of SC Law Enforcement Officers who are also combat veterans, we now have a Post Deployment Peer Support Team. The mission of this team is to support fellow South Carolina cops as they make the transition from the war zone to the local law enforcement agency.
Programs and services in cooperation with the South Carolina Army National Guard include:
One-on-One Peer Support
Post-Deployment Seminar (PDS)
Referral for Further Services
Download research project paper on "The Impact of Behavioral Health Issues on Soldiers Returning from Deployment" provided on this website by permission of Colonel R. Van McCarty, SCARNG
Read report on Combat Deployment and the Returning Police Officer from the U.S. Department of Justice publication COPS Innovations. This report examines issues concerning police officers’ transition back to work after combat zone deployment. Topics include the psychological effects of combat deployment, methods that may lessen the severity of combat stress experienced, and strategies used by police agencies to help officers returning back to work, their families, and communities. The report highlights the responses of four police agencies that have taken measures to assist returning officers, and offers recommendations for further study.
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