We recently came across an article published on www.policeone.com which outlines some general guidelines that an efficient peer support programme should follow.

Written by Dr Jarrod Sadulski, an adjunct professor with American Military University , the article focuses the fact that strain that leads to stress often occurs through years of traumatic incidents and stressful experiences, which accumulate and often lead to psychological and physical health problems rather than one off traumatic events.

He states that having access to peer support is an essential stress management strategy that gives officers the opportunity to reflect upon the incident and share their emotions with other officers who have experienced similar trauma. Such measures can both reduce the effect of strain over time as well as promote resiliency in the lives of officers.

You can read the full article here