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Some Do's and Don't's


  1. Obtain a Psychologist through you own insurance who specializes in Law Enforcement trauma-related incidents.

  2. Contact your local peer support group.

  3. Contact us. We’re a great resource for navigating the critical incident aftermath.

  4. Allow your significant other to participate in your therapy sessions (when appropriate).

  5. File a worker’s compensation claim.


  1. Self medicate with alcohol or drugs.

  2. Make any major life decisions for the first year.

  3. Incur any new financial debt (cut up credit cards if needed).

We Can Help

Peer Support

Our Peer Support program sets us apart from other programs.  Each of our peers are current or retired law enforcement professionals.  The peers have gone through thier own struggles and have received treatment and training.  The peer program is designed to provide support for officers in whichever stage of grief they are in.  Peers are a great asset to the officer by providing understanding and a compass through the confusing process of recovery.  Often officers contact each other to help when they are experiencing current stressors.  They have also utilized each other in less critical times and have developed strong friendships.


Often when officers experience their critical incidents, the only direction they have is through their department’s union.  As many of our officers have experienced, this assistance was lacking.  When they truly needed assistance, officers were often found alone with little or no help.  At PISTLE we are working with professionals in many fields such as Labor Attorneys, Workers Compensation Attorneys, and Civil Litigation Attorneys to help those officers who have been wrongfully treated by their employers.


As Law Enforcement professionals we have received continuous training in the areas of firearms, driving, and defensive tactics.  All this training made us into better officers able to deal with split-second decisions.  One area we have not received training in is how to maintain our mental fitness after being exposed to traumatic and life-threatening situations.  Through years of service we have often found ourselves haunted by those calls which would not go away.  At PISTLE we are providing training to prevent PTSD related injuries. In addition, the mental health professionals at PISTLE are conducting training in their fields to better inform others on the unique aspect of treating law enforcement professionals.

Treatment Options

The staff at PISTLE knows how difficult the road is and knows you can not do it alone.  We are committed to providing law enforcement with the best treatment options available.  We will put you in touch with health professionals we have vetted and trust in treating law enforcement professionals.

Family Support

Family support groups are another resource available for law enforcement families. Often, spouses offer comfort to each other and provide strength while going through the recovery progress.  Joining a support group can help create lifelong friendships. They are available after hours and often with little to no notice.  

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We would also like to provide a self-check for you. Below are forms you can fill out to determine where you may be or how you are coping with your own experiences. Please be honest with yourself when completing the forms.

In addition to the self-check forms, we are providing a form to assist you in locating and deciding on a mental health professional specializing in trauma treatment.

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