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[AR] Requiring cops to see the department's head-doctor removes stigma of seeking help

...a required sit-down gets around the concerns of some officers that seeking advice is weak...

Jefferson Co. Sheriff Adds Psychiatrist To Ranks
Today's THV, AR
Posted By: Jessica Ponder
Oct 4, 2008

Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson has added a psychiatrist to his department, similar to what many major cities have done, to help reduce the stress and trauma that can accompany police work.

Psychiatrist Stephen Broughton began work part-time last spring and is helping set up a program for the department that would require officers to consult with him after they have worked a violent or disturbing event.

Broughton, who also is a fulltime staff psychiatrist for Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, says a required sit-down gets around the concerns of some officers that seeking advice is weak.

Broughton says early intervention can help officers deal with troubles they are having. Last year, a deputy went from winning a Medal of Honor from the Arkansas Sheriff's Association for his actions during a shooting to being suspended from his job and charged with felonies in an altercation at his ex-wife's house. The charges are pending.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=73525&catid=2

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