Just recently a special request was posted on Lt. Sutton’s Facebook page from a young police officer on the east coast – asking for a big favor. The message went on to explain that his partner had committed suicide just the day before, and that he was having great difficulty dealing with the trauma. He talked about his partner having suffered with alcohol issues, and had experienced some trouble at work – all causing him to take his own life. The officer was wondering if Lt. Sutton would cover this heavy topic on the show. With that Lt. Sutton reached out to Susan Simon, an expert on Law Enforcement Stress and Director of “Under The Shield” an organization the helps police to cope with the stress associated with the job. Susan is doing some extraordinary work and making an impact in the profession, she was the perfect one to join me so that I could properly honor the request.
“I dedicate the show today to the police officer who took his life and his partner who reached out to me.” Lt. Sutton
Law enforcement personnel statistically lead our society in suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These statistics are indicative of the serious lack of support and resources for law enforcement personnel and their families. That’s where Under The Shield comes in – to provide that support in those crucial moments in an officer’s life.
Susan Simons, President/Founder of Under The Shield. Simmons is an internationally recognized Expert in the specialized field of Stress Management in public safety/emergency services and military. She provides training seminars and programs focusing on stress management, critical incident response/reactions and the impact of this “lifestyle” on the family.