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Law Enforcement Officer Mental Health and Wellness

Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for law enforcement officers. Missing person cases can impact a law enforcement officer’s mental health and wellness, particularly in long-term missing cases. Below are resources that can support officer safety and wellness, including a vicarious trauma toolkit with a specific section for law enforcement.

Developing Wellness Efforts in Law Enforcement Agencies

  • The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit from the Office for Victims of Crime provides tools and resources for professionals exposed to the traumatic experiences of other people — known as vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement and other allied professionals.
  • The Wellness Provider Vetting Guide provides recommended guidelines for identifying and selecting wellness providers for law enforcement professionals and their families. With step-by-step checklists, the guide lists topics for consideration when choosing a provider, program or wellness product.
Date Created: October 12, 2021