Crestview police chaplains program serves officers and crime victims

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

"It's a neutral area within the department," police spokesperson Lt. Andrew Schneider said. "If you have problems, you don't want to talk to your boss about or family issues — anything that might interfere with your work — that's why we have this program.

"We have to stay strong while we're on call, but we're human, too. We have emotions too, and (often), these things build up. We have to have somebody we can talk to."

Crestview's police chaplains provide marriage counseling, personal counseling and suicide prevention intervention for officers.

Joys and rewards

During a spring seminar called "Help! I Love a Cop!" officers and spouses discussed the transition between finishing a shift and returning home.

The transition can be stressful for both officers and their families, Broadhead said.

"On a call, the officer has to cut through the drama and get to the facts," Broadhead said. "At home, they can't cut through the drama. That can be frustrating."

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