Remember your family in the aftermath of a critical incident


Navigating the emotional aftermath of a critical incident can be a difficult, sometimes-painful process for any officer. It’s common for officers involved in these types of events to experience all kinds of rollercoaster emotions and the ways in which those are successfully dealt with can vary, as has been discussed in scores of articles, tips and training classes.

Something important to remember is the fact that your family is likely also experiencing some level of emotional duress as a result of your experience. It’s crucial that you take care of yourself emotionally after a traumatic event. Remember that it’s just as crucial to ensure that your family is being cared for emotionally as well.

Prepare in advance for any such eventuality by finding out from your PD, your POA, or any one of several other entities what sort of resources may be available to family members of officers involved in critical incidents.  You may choose to share your findings with your spouse, your parents, or other loved ones in advance. You may choose to “keep it in your back pocket” for that one day such information becomes imperative to them. 

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he as appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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