“I pulled up on an accident, a Volkswagen was crushed against a telephone pole, and a guy was crawling out of a car – spinning on it’s roof – he was drunk. I walked over to the Volkswagen and I heard that 18 year old college student take her last breath.” As Retired Police Officer and Chaplain Rob Michaels explains on the show – for police officers on the front lines, this is a normal day. After all their job is TO SERVE AND PROTECT.
PTSD is one of the most misunderstood and still controversial experiences facing law enforcement. Often the stigma attached to seeking help is cause for those in need to hesitate or simply refuse to seek treatment from their own agencies for fear. Fear of being adjudged “crazy’ or a “malingerer” or even worse….weak. Fear of their own Administrators and Supervisors who might view them with suspicion or “reassign” them. That is why retired Police Officer and Chaplain Rob Michaels created serveprotect.org, a confidential source of treatment, dedicated to serving the spiritual and emotional needs of those in public safety. Rob has helped more than 2500 Law Enforcement personnel to get the treatment they need to combat the horrors of PTSD.
Rob Michaels is the CEO / Founder of Serve & Protect, a non-profit international organization dedicated to facilitating trauma resources for Public Safety professionals and their families. In launching Serve & Protect, Michaels returns to his roots. He served in law enforcement first with the 229th Military Police Battalion of the Virginia Army National Guard, as well as with Norfolk (VA) Police Department, both on patrol and in the detective bureau.
“It’s accumulative, you see a bunch of dead bodies, you go on a bunch of tough calls, well, it adds up,” says Rob Michaels.
National Police Week
Listen in to hear Host Randy Sutton’s controversial remarks on Police Week and his plea to President Obama to not speak to law enforcement during this special occasion.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Visit PoliceWeek.org for more information.