Officer Wellness Other Resources
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Following is a list of other resources:





Officer Only AA Meetings in Maine

Southern ME LEO AA group
Wed. evenings at 6:30 pm
Holy Martyrs Church
266 Foreside Rd (corner rte. 88 and Johnson Rd) in Falmouth

Central ME LEO AA group
Thurs. at noon
Autism Society of Maine conference room
72 Main St., Winthrop

Any officer, supervisor, family member who is in need or just wants more information on these meetings, or AA or help with a substance use issue in general can call retired USPO Matt Brown, 24/7/365 at (207) 415-4737.  A member of our group can come meet with you or whoever needs assistance, statewide.


Brattleboro Retreat’s Uniformed Officers Program (USP) offers specialized training and support for men and women in uniform (active or retired) who are struggling with serious duty-related problems including PTSD, depression, and addiction.


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International Chief’s of Police: The Center for Officer Safety and Wellness & Mental Wellness

Policing is a demanding, often stressful career. On a daily basis, officers can be exposed to the worst humankind has to offer. They are called upon to make life and death decisions in a split-second and margins for error are slim. Despite these known stressors, officer mental health is a an often overlooked component of officer safety and wellness.IACP is committed to raising awareness around the importance of officer mental wellness and providing corresponding resources to help.

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NAMI: Strengthening Officer Resilience

Police work is often stressful and officers are likely to experience or witness violence and death. These stresses can have a big impact on officers’ physical and mental well-being, and can accumulate over the course of a career. Many officers struggle with alcohol abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, posttraumatic stress disorder and other challenges. Here are some of the facts.

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COPS: Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

The occupational fatality rate for law enforcement is three to five times greater than the national average for the working population. The officers who protect us must also be protected-against incapacitating physical, mental, and emotional health problems as well as against the hazards of their job. We have built a library of our resources below to help agencies better look after the physical safety and mental wellness of their officers. We also support LEO Near Miss: A national, voluntary, non-disciplinary reporting system that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share “close calls” or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can save the lives of other law enforcement officers.

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The Police Health - Physical and Mental Fitness topic provides cops with videos, training drills and expert advice to help ensure the officer’s head is straight and body is strong. Complete physical and psychological fitness - through regular trips to the gym, five-mile runs, and conversations with the police psychologist - is critical for an officer to perform the job to maximum potential.

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The VALOR for Blue Web Portal provides resources such as articles, online training, podcasts, links to organizations with an officer safety focus, downloadable documents, and posters geared toward a law enforcement audience. These resources focus on topic areas related to officer safety, wellness, and resiliency and are updated regularly.

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The On-Site Academy is a non-profit residential treatment and training center for critical incident stress management. We serve emergency service workers who are in distress. Our program is for all law enforcement, fire service, EMS, or other human service personnel who are themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs, what they have seen, and what they have been through.

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