Stockton University Hosts Trauma Symposium for Law Enforcement Officers

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A special event was held at Stockton University to help local law enforcement officers cope with trauma.

On Tuesday, June 5th, the Treatment Placement Specialists of Acadia Health Care, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and Stockton hosted a one-day trauma symposium.

The symposium was held to address the importance of how a culture of wellness among police groups creates a healthier police force and safer communities.

"What we want to remind them is that there are people who care about you and you can make a difference in the lives of others or you can seek treatment or help for yourself and there's no shame or stigma accompanied with that, it's actually not getting help that causes the problems in law enforcement," said Paul Butler, keynote speaker.

"Getting help makes us stronger, and we're stronger when we're stronger together."

During the trauma symposium, attendees learned how trauma experienced in the field can injure the body and result in post-traumatic stress, as well as how police leadership can be equipped to support a positive conversation regarding behavioral health among officers.

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