A recent murder-suicide has brought police officers' mental health to light. On January 21st, Lt. Hans Walters of Las Vegas Metro Police killed his wife and son, then killed himself. Officers have access to counselors, but do they use them enough? Is there a thin blue line of silence when it comes to dealing with mental health issues including PTSD?
I am glad this issue is being discussed publicly. Unfortunately it took a tragic event to bring it out. I deal with officers that have PTSD. Something needs to be done. We do have to balance the officers rights and come up with a regular "check up." We do an annual physical every year. With the right protections, we can set up something similar.John Dean Harper –Jan 31, 2013 09:40:24 AM