“Suicide is the No. 1 cause of death of police officers,” Jackson said. “In the past, they were just telling a guy to suck it up and move on.”
That was before many realized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and other conditions were affecting officers after being involved in critical incidents, he said.
A PSR is not a licensed therapist, doctor or psychologist, but they receive training to recognize signs of stress, depression and suicide. Being a PSR is voluntary and is generally another peer such as another officer, dispatcher or a civilian, Jackson said.
If the PSR recognizes any of the signs and thinks the officer may be having difficulty coping with the incident, they will then refer the officer to a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. The psychologist will then assess the officer and determine when the officer can return to work.