With so many police officers being deployed by the military to fight in the Middle East, law enforcement agencies are realizing they can’t just leave what happens when those officers return to happenstance. This was driven home by several unrelated tragedies along the way where police officers, likely struggling with post traumatic stress disorder, brought what happened to them during the war back to the streets they patrol, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The Newport News Police Department in Virginia, for example, takes a proactive approach to helping officers returning from a deployment. While they are deployed, officers choose someone – often a close friend — to act as their advocate and to ensure their family is taken care of. That person stays in constant contact with them. Newport News police Lt. Frances Hileman, who was one of those returning veterans, explained the system during a session at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego.