Rewriting the Playbook: A Trauma-Informed Culture
in Law Enforcement
Understanding trauma and its impact on a person’s current function can provide useful insight for many of us who work with people under stress or in crisis. It is perhaps most useful in law enforcement.
Wellpoint’s Trauma Informed Care training helps build better law enforcement systems by teaching officers the neuroscience behind the behaviors and responses of trauma survivors. Many who come in contact with law enforcement have complex needs from unresolved trauma that aren’t being met. Left unchecked, chronic instability that often accompanies a life of adversity can manifest itself in violence or criminal behaviors.
Trauma Informed Care training helps build better law enforcement systems by teaching officers the neuroscience behind the actions of trauma survivors.
The conditions of performing the job call for law enforcement professionals to be more than just a cop – but also a social worker, psychologist, teacher, doctor, lawyer. That’s a heavy load, but one that can be lightened by learning the tools to provide a response that helps regulate people and diffuse potentially difficult situations.
The job also carries with it a heavy toll on the well-being of the very police officers who are called to protect their communities. The stress of the job can often feel to heavy to bear. A trauma informed culture can promote well-being and promote better overall performance.
Creating a Trauma Informed Culture
By working from the same trauma-informed playbook, child welfare agencies, early childhood development programs, K-12 schools, law enforcement and criminal justice systems can come together and intervene before it’s too late.
Our purpose is to help train other professionals so they can go out and help people overcome barriers. It may be the only way to prevent future adversity and related behaviors.
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