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This section provides information from researchers and authors, as well as other web sites that have been suggested. Please feel free to suggest other materials that you have found to be helpful.

Helpful Reading Materials:


*After the Smoke Clears: Surviving the Police Shooting--An Analysis of the Post Officer-Involved Shooting Trauma, 2nd Edition: by Adam Pasciak

*Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families: by Kevin M. Gilmartin

*56 Seconds: by Sylvio Gravel

*How to Survive PTSD and Build Peer Support: by Sylvio Gravel

*Deadly force encounters: What cops need to know to mentally and physically prepare for and survive a gunfight: by Alexis Artwohl and Loren Christensen

*On killing: The psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society: by Dave Grossman

*Into the kill zone: A cop’s eye view of deadly force: by David Klinger

*Under the Blue Shadow: by John Violanti and Stephanie Samuels

*Death Work: by Vincent Henry

*Getting Past Your Past: by Francine Shapiro. (A look at EMDR in layman's terms)

Check inside for: Adherence to Traditional Male Gender Roles and Its Influence on How Male Police Officers Offer Emotional Support To Fellow Traumatized Officers: Dissertation by Adam Pasciak


The following article originally appeared in Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice. This article can be found posted inside as well as by clickingon the link. Pasciak, A., & Kelley, T. (2013). Conformity to traditional gender norms by male police officers exposed to trauma: Implications for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 9(2).

Police Killings and Mental Health, A Connection? by Andy O'Hara

The following article originally appeared on PoliceOne.com, the online resource for Law Enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team. Visit PoliceOne to access articles, information, and resources that help officers across the United States protect their communities and stay safe on the streets:
Police Officer Suicide: How to Cope, How to Heal by Dr. Laurence Miller


Safe Call Now: Confidential 24 hour Hotline for First Responders, including current, retired, and fired officers as well as their families. Phones answered by active and former police, fire, and parole officers.

Cops Alive: Information, strategies and tools to help cops plan happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.

Two the Rescue: Training for Police and other First Responders.

The Pain Behind The Badge: More than just studying the effects of PTSD they lived it and developed methods to help people of many disciplines from Police and First responders to active duty military and military returning to civilian life.

Badge of Life: We have suffered the worst that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brings—the hopelessness, the despair, the flashbacks, the attempts at suicide, the nightmares and insomnia, the panicky hypervigilence, anxiety and terror. Among us are victims of both critical incident and cumulative PTSD. Our families have suffered the loss of a loved one to police suicide.

Retired and Disabled Police Of America: RDPOA is a fraternal organization formed in October, 1990. Membership is open to any individual who is retired or disabled from service as a law enforcement officer from any local, state or federal law enforcement agency, including military police units. Members receive our official publication, the American Police Bulletin (APB). The APB is published quarterly and contains information of interest to our members.

Hunting for Heroes (H4H) is a 501(c)3 organization that provides recreational therapy and counseling for law enforcement officers severely injured in the line of duty.

Shadows of the Badge: Police Suicides and Stress related issues are things we “DON’T TALK ABOUT”. It’s Time We Start.

Lake Orion Counseling Center.

Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Treatment for trauma. Look for a licensed clinician in your area.

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