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Service Above Self – Developing the SHIELD Program

SHIELD – Service. Honor. Integrity. Life. Ethics.

Our department recognizes the physical and mental toll that policing can have on our employees, and by working to ensure employees’ health and wellness is good, they can do better work for the community. This lead to the creation of the SHIELD Program.

Over the last couple of months, our entire organization (both sworn and civilian) began attending in-house training. While some may think “How boring!”, we politely disagree. Over the last 12-18 months, this program, SHIELD, was developed through careful thought and consideration by our very own Training Sergeant Shelley, and Professional Standards Lieutenant Garner.

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The premise of the program is summed up pretty well by the motto: To provide service to our community, each other and ourselves, while having honor in who we are and what we do. Utilizing integrity and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics in our decisions and how we interact with others. Having belief in the sanctity of all human life. Considering de-escalation in whatever we do.

We believe that through the development of this program, we are sharpening our commitment to service, and that by equipping our employees with the knowledge and opportunities to better care for each other and themselves, we are empowering them in our pursuit of a safe and secure community where our residents have full faith and confidence in their police department. Upon completion, each staff member will be given a challenge coin as a reminder of their commitment to Service, Honor, Integrity, Life, Ethics and De-Escalation.

Mental Health Monday #MHM Unaccepted offers

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Greetings all.

The image attached is an example of how many calls I might close in a week on average. These are letters I send out to notify someone that their “case” is being closed out.

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When a call comes in a report is generated and comes to me. In almost every instance, I send an initial contact letter which has my contact info, what I do, and a little bit of info about the process. Each letter closes with some general resources in the area. Within a week or two, I will attempt direct contact. Simultaneously, MHMR of Tarrant County is following a similar process. Some of these letters come back undeliverable, though that’s not often.

More often, the attempts to offer assistance simply go unanswered. I’d like to believe that this simply means that needs are already being met, but the more realistic side of me says that it’s much more likely that the recipients are not open to accepting help. Whether it be because of fear, stigma, or pride, the vast majority of offers for help go unaccepted.

If one were drowning, I don’t believe that many would refuse an extended hand from someone on shore. Being overwhelmed with life isn’t much different than drowning and isn’t something that few of us experience. We all do, and we all struggle with accepting help for exactly the reasons I mentioned. Fear of not understanding what will happen. The stigma that it will mean something is “wrong” with someone. Or pride that makes one think that accepting help is something “weak” people do.

Try going to a counselor or opening up to someone about what is going on in your life and tell me that it is something a weak person can do. I feel it takes a huge act of courage to be able to get the first word out. I’m not ashamed to admit that I needed counseling after a divorce. I’m a cop. Can you imagine what it takes for one of us to admit we’re not totally in control of things and need help?

If someone offers a helping hand, accept it. If you are overwhelmed, let someone help.

All the best. You know where to find us.

 

Officer Morgan.

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Fatality Accident Press Release 12.10.16

Official Press Release reference fatality accident:

Investigator K. Bauman Public Information Officer

Phone:(817) 427-7014

E-Mail: kbauman@nrhtx.com

 

Press Release For Immediate Release

On December 10, 2016 at approximately 9:00 PM, emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash at Davis Boulevard and Emerald Hills Way. The initial investigation indicates a GMC Sierra pickup was traveling northbound Davis Boulevard approaching Emerald Hills Way. A second vehicle, Jeep Wrangler was southbound attempting to turn left onto Emerald Hills Way. The two vehicles collided in the intersection, and the driver of the Jeep was ejected from his vehicle and did not survive his injuries.

The two occupants of the GMC Sierra, a 25 year old male and a 62 year old male both from North Richland Hills Texas were transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and the name of the deceased is being withheld until family notifications have been made.

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