Palm Bay Police Spotlights Important Work Done By Critical Incident Stress Management Team

By  //  October 28, 2017

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Critical incidents are abrupt, powerful events

The Palm Bay Police Department Critical Incident Stress Management Team team includes, from left to right, Chaplin Laz Claro, Officer Chris Snedeker, Sgt. Greg Leonard, Dispatcher Kim Meade, Detective Ursula Cowan and Cpl. Tonie Schrum. Not pictured is Officer Steve Hill. (Palm Bay police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Palm Bay Police Department highlighted its Critical Incident Stress Management Team, which  includes Chaplin Laz Claro, Officer Chris Snedeker, Sgt. Greg Leonard, Dispatcher Kim Meade, Detective Ursula Cowan, Cpl. Tonie Schrum and Officer Steve Hill.

“Our Critical Incident Stress Management team is composed of members from all areas of the department to include road officers, supervisors, dispatch and the department chaplain,” said Cpl. A. Schrum, CISM Team Liaison.

“We strive to bring awareness and education to our officers regarding the after effects of working a critical incident call.”

A critical incident can be defined as any event that has a stressful impact sufficient enough to overwhelm the usually effective coping skills of an individual.

Critical incidents are abrupt, powerful events that fall outside the range of ordinary human experiences. These events can have a strong emotional impact, even on the most experienced officer.

Research has shown that critical incident stress affects up to 87 percent of all emergency service workers at least once in their careers.

“Our team’s main goal is to take care of our officers who can in turn, continue to take care of our citizens,” said Cpl. Schrum.

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