“When I was much younger I heard the words from the Speaker of the House – Tip O’Neill – “all politics is local.” Since he said that some forty years ago, I have learned that successful politicians take those words to heart. Ten years ago I had some involvement with “Below 100” – perhaps the most meaningful officer safety program I have experienced since my start in this business in 1973.
“Over the years since we released the book Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement, one of the most frequent inquires that we receive from our readers revolves around the question “We know support for law enforcement families is very important, but can you point us to a program of family support that works and shows us how to get one started at our agency?”
"Sacramento County, CA Sheriff (ret) “Law
enforcement officers are not merely professionals doing a critical job, they
are people who are called to enter into public service in a unique way. Generally speaking, it is fair to assume that most people are equipped to deal with the predictable conflict and suffering that impacts their life."
“Law enforcement spouse groups can be a huge support to officers, leadership, and the agency or department as a whole. They can also be a detriment if not run well. What makes the difference? If spouses want to join together to support their officers and each other, how can they do it so that they are organized, healthy, and helpful? This guidebook has the answers.
"Fellow Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police,
For those of you who feel as I do that one of our most important duties is to take care of our employees, I suggest you consider the following: supporting and encouraging an organization such as El Dorado County's THRIVE.
"Peace officers strive everyday to keep our communities safe, and sometimes that means their jobs affect the ones they love. Many who are married or related to a peace officer often feel alone and without a network of people they can count on. That's why THRIVE was created."