Peer Support

Public safety personnel are exposed daily to a variety of potentially traumatic events, including human tragedies such as abused and distressed children, the aftermath of domestic violence, horrific motor vehicle collisions, disturbing crime scenes, and disasters. The Peer Support CISM team is trained to recognize the signs of stress in officers, following one of these types of events, to assist officers to develop coping and self-care strategies to alleviate symptoms they may be experiencing. Funds provided by Seattle Police Foundation pay for officers to receive the necessary training to become CISM certified.  In 2015, seven SPD CISM officers attended training to enhance their skills, and one SPD officer attended the basic three day training to become certified and join the CISM team. Funds additionally fund the Peer Support HRT, which provides support when an officer or civilian employee is injured or killed in the line of duty. The FSG meets with new recruits and provides information about critical incident stress management, peer support programs, and resilience.

Your support of the Seattle Police Foundation provides clear, measureable results for making Seattle safer:

The CISM team provided assistance to 1,218 people in 2015 who were experiencing stress caused by exposure to traumatic events. Of those, 403 were SPD officers and employees.

Helping employees feel like they are back at their normal operational status quickly, is a win for the employee, SPD, and the community they serve.

The HRT responded to 42 law enforcement families who were experiencing a medical emergency of a family member.

The FSG engaged in 6 lunches with new officers, and provided them with critical information that will continue to help them throughout their careers in law enforcement.