The tragic death of a young child who bore a striking resemblance to your
son of the same age, the suicide of the individual taking their life right in
front of you as you check their welfare, brutal beatings of the elderly, mass casualty scenes, dismembered bodies, sexually abused kids,
people committing unimaginable cruelty toward each other and doing all
you can to preserve life only to have an individual die in your arms… It all
can take a toll on officers.
According to one study, the average officer from a midsized agency
experiences 188 critical incidents of this nature in their career. And if you
think it doesn’t have an impact, why then do officers drive all around their
communities with deeply embedded memories from critical incidents at
specific houses or locations?