Critical Incident Debriefing Team

Critical Incident Debriefing Team

It is important for our police department to have a mental health component for the health of our first responders. In the event of a critical incident, or the accumulation of multiple events, it is important for our department to establish and employ safeguards for the emotional health and wellbeing of our officers.

The CISD Team currently consists of two mental health professionals, Mrs. Heather Lewis and Sgt. Donald Miller. The debriefings are scheduled within a 24 to 72-hour window of the event and are held at Bridge Street Middle School. Employee Assistance Programs are often utilized on a reactionary basis, long after the initial stress inducing event. A multitude of emotional health issues, such as anxiety, depression or post- traumatic stress may have the opportunity to manifest if left unchecked. The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing is meant to be a safeguard to protect and provide support services to those officers involved within a specific traumatic incident at work.

The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team does not investigative agents for the police department.