T-6 was created to serve and educate law enforcement related personnel in handling the stressors of the occupation in order to maintain a successful career, home life, and eventual retirement.  When mentioning traumatic and occupational stressors, the first group of individuals who come to mind are our military Veterans.  This is due to the recent research and treatment efforts to combat Post and Secondary Trauma related exposure to significant events.  Exposure to horrific events such as being under attack, witnessing the deaths of civilians and co-workers, and seeing the effects of displacement on children are just a few of the many stressors experienced.  Yet, there is another group of individuals are exposed to these same events but go unnoticed and untreated.  Our nations law enforcement officers are not only exposed to these same types of incidents, including mass shootings, targeted killing of police, and unspeakable crimes such as homicide, sexual assault, and crimes against children, but, there is two additional factors most people never think about.  The first, unlike our Veterans, police are being attacked by their own citizens.  This is a psychological effect yet to be measured but is now becoming a widely identified problem.  Second, there is no safe zone for our officers.  Veterans get to return to the United States and have a sort of sanctuary away from their adversaries.  Our law enforcement officers on the other hand, must live, work, and raise their families in the same environment where those wanting to harm them blend in.   For today's law enforcement officers there is a tremendous amount of stress resting on their shoulders.  Not only are they exposed to traumatic events, they are also expected to live above normal morals and values, be experts in mental health and substance abuse, marriage counselors, provide parenting and discipline for ungovernable youth, use and maintain expensive technological equipment, have a video camera recording their every move, and let's not forget about the other job duties like chasing dangerous suspects, providing medical care to the injured, and completing mounds of paperwork required by the broken judicial system.  And just when you thought that was enough, add raising a family on a salary which is slightly above the poverty line.  The details above only scratch the surface when it comes to the negative stressors placed on our police.  Currently, with a large anti-law enforcement perception sweeping the Nation, there is no wonder why law enforcement agencies are facing a crisis with attrition and recruitment.  Law enforcement officers are leaving the job by the hundreds and much of it is due to the stressors placed on them.  The lack of research and training in this subject matter has shown many of the current issues related to law enforcement, such as unlawful use-of-force, officer-involved shootings, substance abuse, high divorce rates, and suicide are all connected in some way to significant amounts of stress.  As much stress as we place on our officers, we must realize everyone has a breaking point.  Our background in this subject matter includes individuals with empirical research methods, field experts who are Veterans and law enforcement, social workers, medical personnel, and curriculum design teams.  Our activities will provide students with: 1) a deep understanding on the types of stress placed on law enforcement officers, 2) the conscious and unconscious effects, 3) physiological responses to stress, 4) how those effects result in a chain-reaction of subsequent stressors, 5) ways to combat the on-set of stress reactions through proven methods and proper identification, and 6) long-term mental health options for sustaining homeostasis.  The majority of the staff are volunteers and are medically-retired Officers whom have designed the program based off personal experience and collaboration with experts.  The research team is made of research/practitioner partnerships with multiple academic institutions within the Law Enforcement/Academic Direct Engagement Research System (L.E.A.D.E.R.S. Initative), at no cost.  Funding permitted, T-6 plans to retain a small staff for logistics and cover all cost of training.  This cost would include airfare, lodging, meals, and transportation.  Our goal is to be able to provide this life-saving training at no-cost to the officers, or their respective agencies, eliminating the main barrier to advancing best-practices in the occupation.  Our goal is to assist in training and caring for our Nations law enforcement officers to ensure they live a life with less stressors and continue to provide our citizens with the best services possible.    

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