In early January, we wrote a blog post about how police officers need to be there for each other. Police officers are people too, and sometimes they don’t always realize that they might be in need of help or don’t know how to go about getting it. Making that help available is the mission of retired Redford Police Sergeant Adam Pasciak. Now a limited licensed psychologist, Pasciak has created a website dedicated to supporting officers who have been through traumatic situations.
The website, WoundedBadge.com, is essentially a private online forum for officers to share their experiences with one another and to support those who need it. In our previous post, we discussed how some officers are reluctant to get the help they need for a variety of reasons, but this site could be an alternative. If you are a law enforcement agent who is looking for a private place to talk about your issues, Wounded Badge could be your solution.
Pasciak’s goal is to have a vibrant, supportive online community for police officers to gather and discuss any problems they may be dealing with. As many of you know, being a police officer is a stressful job, and can become even more stressful if you experience a traumatic situation like a shooting. Pasciak knows how you feel since, as a police officer, he was involved in a shooting and understands the stress it can cause.
POAM supports and encourages all officers to get help as needed, and if you’re looking for a non-traditional environment to do so, please take a look at Wounded Badge.