Today, more than ever before, members of the Federal law enforcement community have increasing demands and stressors placed on them. These stressors tend to intensify the already arduous and hazardous nature of their jobs, and increase the need to make workplace safety an agency priority.
Federal agencies are tasked with ensuring that law enforcement personnel are medically and psychologically fit to perform the full range of their duties without undue risk of injury to themselves, co-workers, and/or the public. Federal Occupational Health (FOH) can help Federal agencies satisfy these agency and regulatory requirements.
FOH’s experienced occupational medicine physicians and staff specialize in providing services consistent with the unique needs of law enforcement personnel. FOH’s staff provides pre-placement and periodic medical examination services that are specifically tailored to law enforcement officers. Occupational medicine physicians, or Reviewing Medical Officers, make recommendations to agencies about the abilities of law enforcement officers or applicants to safely and efficiently perform potentially hazardous duties without undue risks of injuries to themselves or others.
Contact FOH today to learn how we can help your agency with the special needs of law enforcement personnel.
Federal law enforcement personnel are different from the typical employee. Shift work schedules affect family life. And their job can even expose them to dangerous situations. Likewise, their families are often concerned for their safety.
The unique stressors that law enforcement personnel and their families are exposed to require a different kind of Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Federal Occupational Health’s Law Enforcement Assistance Program is designed to meet the particular needs of this group of professionals and their families.
Law enforcement officers are often reluctant to seek professional support for a variety of reasons. Officers, who have been trained to act independently and maintain constant emotional control, may view the need for support services as a sign of personal weakness. Even if they recognize that they would benefit from it,
Therefore, the skills that help officers perform their jobs effectively can sometimes work against them at times of stress or hardship. They may avoid asking for help if they believe that EAP counselors will not be attuned to their particular stressors or will not understand the nature of their work.
The FOH Law Enforcement Assistance Program is staffed with professionals who have experience working with law enforcement officers.
FOH’s Law Enforcement Assistance Program offers:
Law Enforcement EAP Frequently Asked Questions
- A Panel of Law Enforcement Counselors
By dialing a toll-free, 24-hour, seven days a week telephone number and requesting entry into the law enforcement network, law enforcement personnel and their families have access to FOH’s nationwide panel of counselors. FOH Law Enforcement Assistance Program counselors have experience working with law enforcement personnel and their families, and understand the unique occupational stressors encountered by these professionals.
Professional ethics and state laws protect the communication between an officer and a Law Enforcement Assistance Program counselor. Various state and Federal regulations protect these communications and, except for rare instances such as intent to commit harm to self or others, contacts with counselors are held in strict confidence.
- Law Enforcement Management Consultations
When officers or employees are having difficulties, their job performance or behavior can be impacted. For example, there may be an increase in citizen complaints, minor traffic incidents, excessive force complaints, or increased absenteeism. FOH counselors assist managers by identifying problematic behavior and supporting the manager in making crucial decisions about an officer or employee, such as a decision to make a written referral to the Law Enforcement Assistance Program as a possible alternative to disciplinary action. Managers can be assured that they have offered support and resources to the officer, allowing managers to remain focused on performance issues.
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
FOH has a network of professionally trained counselors with experience in providing CISM services to law enforcement personnel who have been involved in a critical incident. Counselors provide management consultations, defusings and/or debriefings in the aftermath of a critical incident.
FOH can provide training oriented toward law enforcement. Examples of such trainings include Officer Suicide Prevention, Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers and Critical Incident Management for Supervisors.