Re-integration: a new standard in first responder peer support

  • Glen Klose Edmonton Police Service
  • Colleen Mooney Edmonton Police Service
  • Doug McLeod Edmonton Police Service
Keywords: Police, first responders, PTSD, peers

Abstract

Since its inception, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Re-integration Program has grown in its capacity, impact, and service to members within EPS. It has also attracted increasing attention among—and emulation by—other first responder communities in the province of Alberta. Most recently, the program was the subject of a featured segment during the joint Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) international conference, “The Mental Health of Police Personnel: What We Know & What We Need to Know and Do”, held in February 2017. Based on the strong reception and interest generated among conference delegates, the Journal of CSWB invited the program’s architects to develop the following Practice Guideline article, with a view to bringing wider awareness to this unique peer-supported program. The EPS program connects conventional counselling and support resources with aspects of recovery and re-integration that are more closely tied to the equipment and operational realities of first responders.

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Author Biographies

Glen Klose, Edmonton Police Service
Sergeant Glen Klose is patrol supervisor and is one of the coordinators of the Edmonton Police Service Re-integration Program.
Colleen Mooney, Edmonton Police Service
Sergeant Colleen Mooney is patrol supervisor and is one of the coordinators of the Edmonton Police Service Re-integration Program.
Doug McLeod, Edmonton Police Service
Prior to joning the Edmonton Police Service, Constable Doug McLeod was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. He is passionate about assisting first responders withe mental health injuries or illnesses.
Published
2017-06-28
How to Cite
KloseG., MooneyC., & McLeodD. (2017). Re-integration: a new standard in first responder peer support. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 2(2), 55-57. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.47
Section
Practice Guidelines