The POWER Institute

Research Supporters

Many thanks to you guys for doing that great pioneering work here for the welfare of our officers!

A police psychologist from Finland 

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Tragically I lost another old friend and platoon mate to suicide today. I was just laughing and joking around with him a couple of weeks ago. He gave no indication he was having a difficult time. I am in shock.

Please never give up on what you are attempting to achieve.

God bless and take care.

A veteran police officer from Canada

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I have recently become aware of your research connecting stress and first responders.  

My husband is a serving member of a police force.  As a result of his work I have also witnessed the impact of PTSD (acute and complex) as well as secondary traumatic stress.  I was fascinated by your identification of what you are calling Police Complex Spiral Trauma and the resulting understanding this may have on the policing field.

A police officer’s spouse 

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I am emailing you in relation to your article….following reading your article, I am very interested in referring to your Complex Spiral Trauma model within my training as I believe it conceptualises the process in a manner in which, as said in your article, provides a tangible way for understanding trauma in Police Officers as a unique population. I strongly believe that in the case of trauma in this environment, there is a certain element of ‘knowledge is power’ and if we can educate officers about the potential effects of exposure to traumatic and critical incidents, we can hopefully enhance understanding and resilience.”

A police officer from England

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That’s it, my friend. I so greatly appreciate you and your colleagues taking the time to do this crucial study. You are going to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’.”

A veteran police officer from the US

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Excellent – I am so excited to hear about all of this!  There is very limited information within this realm yet the impact can be life changing to so many people.”  

A police instructor from Canada

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That’s why I appreciate you so much. You’re writing the truth. I have never been betrayed by so many for simply doing my job as a police officer. I never saw that coming, that’s for sure.”

A veteran police officer from the US

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I very much believe in what you are doing to psychologically support our brothers and sisters in law enforcement.”

A veteran police officer from Canada 

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Your work means a great deal to me after decades of Operational Stress Injury going unrecognized and feeling inadequate to assist so many of my friends and colleagues who were struggling. Particularly those who were so overwhelmed that they took their own lives. God bless you and your every endeavor.”

A veteran police officer from Canada

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 “I just read you article in Traumatology. I find it fascinating especially the concept that complex trauma is cumulative through time and virtually all uniformed personnel will be effected to some degree. Love, Honor, and Respect.

A retired patrol officer from the US west coast. 

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Your work is wonderful and I commend you for everything you have done to better the lives of so many people.  I was given your research paper a year ago to help me better understand my husband’s situation.  I tried to process it last year and could not.  I started to read it a few weeks ago and can now make sense of bits and pieces. Through my life experiences of living with a first responder with complex PTSD I feel a deep desire to help other spouses, partners, and caregivers who are in my position.  It is my hope that the importance of family supports for first responders will one day be recognized as paramount in the process of trauma and discovery of PTSD as well as healing.  I saw signs in my husband years ago but did not have avenues to turn for help.  I suffered for a long time alone with a person I felt and I did not know and I did not have the knowledge as to what was happening or how I could help him.  My children and even my immediate family have been deeply affected.  My husband is receiving treatment and is on the road to recovery. My family is also well on its way to healing.”

A veteran officer’s spouse

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Let me begin by saying how much I owe you for your papers, you are a lovely writer and have a great ability to make complex ideas understandable . This is a gift. I am also looking forward to your book….”

A police trauma therapist from Europe

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I just wanted to tell you that I just finished reading the article and I am in tears. This is beyond true. My husband and SO many of our friends experience this. The academy fails at preparing officers for this. I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your research in this area.”

A police officer’s spouse from the US

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I am intrigued by the information that I hope to read in this paper. As a police officer for 23 years, and a police supervisor, as well as a crisis negotiator, I recognize that the gun, badge and vest do not save cops from everything. I recognize the feeling of compassion fatigue, but also recognize that moral injury is usually something that is created from within the department. I am hopeful to see this change through more studies and educational guides on this topic!!” 

A veteran police officer from US Midwest

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Having suffered from PTSD after a major public order event with many injured police officer, your report provide me with more insight, even after 39 years after the event.”

A retired police executive from Europe

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Thank you for all your dedication and contributions to the field.”

A police officer’s spouse from the US

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