Palm Bay Police Spotlights Important Work Done By Critical Incident Stress Management Team
By Space Coast Daily // October 28, 2017
Critical incidents are abrupt, powerful events
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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