Trauma-Informed Policing

A large percentage of the children law enforcement interacts with have a trauma history. Tips for coping with life’s stressors and being resilient can be taught by officers on scene, as well as, in daily interactions.


Policing is inherently trauma-based work. Officers routinely deal with not only traumatic situations, but the aftermath of these situations. When interacting with children, officers have the ability to influence way beyond the current situation. By reinforcing that all children have dignity and rights that should not be violated and showing control and stability, officers can encourage children to move beyond trauma. When officers have an understanding of how trauma affects behavior, we can play a more positive and healing role in the lives of children. Officers make a difference every day and by utilizing trauma-informed policing, we can have an even greater impact.

 

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