San Antonio Former police officer Preston Kinkin recalls the night sweats, night terrors with violent physical reactions, sudden anger, intense anxiety, suicidal thoughts, avoidance and isolation he experienced as an officer. After seeking help, he realizes that they are part of PTSD and work-related trauma.
The founder of Warriors of Ramoth, an anonymous non-profit peer-to-peer support network, is concerned about the growing number of suicides in the San Antonio police station.
As of Monday, the agency said there have been six active-duty officers who have died by suicide in the past five years, four of them this year, and a retired officer.
“It’s not a statistic. They’re a person. They’re a big part of [family’s] Kinkin said.
Kinkin said he’s heard from leadership that the department has an open door policy for officers who need mental support, but what the officers see is different.
“Your department members should be 100% informed. If you go and talk to my boss, they will support me 100%. And I won’t be broken because they will be at the core of my well-being,” he said.
There is fear and stigma among officers who realize that they will be removed from the job or that others will know and that their careers will be in jeopardy. Kinikin said the SAPD leadership should intervene to change this perception and save the lives of their officers.
“If an individual does not feel motivated in his or her perception and emotions, and has a supportive leadership staff to come forward with any kind of mental health questions or issues that he or she might have, he will keep it to himself,” Kinken said. . And when that happens, because they’re afraid of the outcome or some kind of negative impact having come to some support. You have officers who keep going deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of trauma that they go through on a daily basis, and then they develop PTSD and those horrible symptoms that go with it all because of the stigma.”
Kinikin said while many departments offer peer-to-peer and mental health counseling, he says more needs to be done to spread the word about outlets and other services officers can turn to outside the agency.
It also mobilizes other officers to support fellow first responders, to be there for each other when their divisions are not around.
O warriors of Ramot, The second, third, and fourth Mondays meet at 6:30 p.m. at River City Community Church, Cantina Building.
Copline is a confidential 24/7 lifeline for first responders in crisis, 1-800-267-5463.
The Texas Law Enforcement Peer Network A statewide program that gives law enforcement access to a trained peer to address stress, trauma, or burnout. Uses an app to connect peers in the city or region.
KSAT has also reached out to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, and they said the BCSO does not have any active-duty MPs who have committed suicide but is providing information from the agency’s psychiatrist and a list of resources available to MPs.
“In order to address this topic, we have to look at the major contributors to suicide in law enforcement and these financial issues, relationship problems, and isolation that also lead to problems with substance use. We also know that those with a previous mental health diagnosis are at increased risk.
Financial planning resources and advice
Referrals for singles and couples counseling
Referrals for crisis services
Liaising with Peer Support and Mental Health Unit at BCSO
Annual in-service training on officer readiness and resilience
8 hours dedicated to teaching students resilience and resources since 2020
A fully equipped and active volunteer peer support team that responds to critical incidents and is proactive to other deputy issues
Critical Incident Peer Support Policy Incorporating Texas Senate Bill to Provide Mental Health Leave to Officers After Critical Incident
We all know the unfortunate facts of suicide in law enforcement. It is important to realize this and to be open and honest with each other about it. The many risk factors associated with officer suicide are legal or financial problems and relationship problems. When this occurs, it leads to drug abuse and social isolation (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2018). One suicide is too many and the way we can prevent these suicides from happening is not just by having our brothers and sisters, but also having real conversations with each other and connecting MPs with the resources at their disposal.
Financial planning and assistance
· Deer Oaks EAP provides financial advice
o Scroll through various finances
· Primerica offers free financial advice and education
· financial policeman
Individual counseling and relationship
· Deer Oaks EAP First Responder Line
o They can schedule a couples consultation for two weeks
· Ecumenical Center
· San Antonio Counseling and Behavior Center
substance abuse counseling
· right move
· Redemption services in the new day
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
o 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
o Text 988
Rel8 transponder app
o Free app to connect with peer first responders across the country
Communicating with mobile crises
BCSO mental health unit
o Call BCSO Dispatch at 210-335-6000
BCSO Peer Support Services
o Peers can help connect you to services and provide support services to MPs.
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