I recently had the privilege of speaking with a young officer who left the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on a medical (PTSD) retirement after 12 years of faithful and dedicated service.
Oh yeah, this fine man is the holder of five, that’s right, five medals of valor. This is bestowed by the “Crusade Against Crime” and has been hung around the neck of JC five times. Unheard of in police circles.
After an incident all the cops high-fived. Complements all around. Followed by the drinking until 4:00 AM. These monsters finally got the better of this fine man and he sought psychiatric help. OK, fine. Treated with a smorgasborg of pills that only added to the already volatile situation.
Referred to a psychotherapy group composed of court ordered felons attempting to avoid another stretch in the joint. No Help. Further into the abyss.
With the help of his wife JC found his way to a treatment center that specialized in veterans and first responders. This worked. Finally.
Departments throughout the nation must stop pandering to the criminal element and refocus on assisting officers in need of aid.
STAY SAFE, BUCKLE UP, WEAR YOUR VEST AND TURN ON YOUR CAMERA!