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They serve too!

A strong support system can help you weather the storms of your job. First responder families have unique needs that may not be understood within the greater community, but we know that a career in law enforcement or emergency response is more than a job - it's your way of life. We want to help you strengthen the bonds with your partner and family through better communication and understanding.


Family members and partners of first responders may also experience secondary traumatic stress, burnout, depression, and anxiety stemming from the work. Often, it is the spouse or other family member who first notices changes in a first responder.


Providing you and your family with a non-judgmental environment with an expert clinician enables children, spouses, and you to open up and talk about what each person is feeling and experiencing. Your family can become your best resource!


Used with permission from the IACP

Article by

Dr. Jarrod Sadulski
Criminal Justice faculty at American Military University

Developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to assist officers and their families

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