Matthew May

NA Graduate

242nd Session


Wake Forest Police Department


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Topic of Presentation

Law Enforcement Trauma

Title of Presentation

Law Enforcement Trauma: Are You Prepared?

Length of Presentation

2 hours

Presentation Objective

To prepare students with strategies designed to overcome the negative effects of law enforcement trauma. A personal case study is offered as well as researched material outside sources

Presentation Description

Law enforcement officers across the United States receive training in a wide variety of topics. However, how many law enforcement officers receive indepth training to prepare them for the traumas they will face?

This presentation consists of a personal case study in which the speaker was shot while investigating a domestic disturbance. During the incident, a female was also killed. The presentation contains crime scene photos and video, original 911 call and radio

traffic, and researched information and material from various experts.

The goal of the presentation is to use the speaker's personal incident, as well as the researched information, to help students understand the physical, psychological, and mental effects of law enforcement trauma. Specific attention is given to explaining what trauma is and how to help those currently suffering from its effects. Strategies are also given to help prepare for and overcome trauma when and after it occurs.

Speaker Bio

Captain May began his law enforcement career with the Nash County (NC) Sheriff’s Office on July 1, 1996.  He worked with the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy until January of 2000 when he was hired by the Wake Forest Police Department.
Prior to being promoted to captain, all of Captain May’s duties and assignments were on the Patrol Division.  He served on the department’s Tactical Service Unit for eight years and supervised the Canine Unit, in an administrative capacity, for three years as a lieutenant.  In 2004, Captain May founded the Wake Forest Police Department Explorer Post 401 and served as the Post Advisor until 2007.
Captain May received his Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Public Policy from North Carolina Wesleyan College and is a graduate of the 242nd Session of the FBI National Academy.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.