National Academy Associate
Issue 19 | Volume 1
ON THE COVER: Law Enforcement PTSD & EDMR
There are nearly a million Americans serving in law enforcement. It is estimated that the incidence of current, duty-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in law enforcement personnel varies between 5.9-22% (Flannery, 2015). In addition, there are likely many officers that may have symptoms of PTSD but fail to meet the full diagnostic criteria. Their symptoms still are disturbing or debilitating.
Since 2001, police have had to add dealing with the imminent threat of terrorist attacks to their responsibilities. Law enforcement personnel, and other first responders, are exposed daily to acute stress and trauma. These incidents have a cumulative effect. In someone susceptible to developing PTSD, there is no time to recover from one event before they are facing the next one.