B.J. Wagner

SessionTexas Law Enforcement Peer Network Program: How it Developed and How it WorksThe trauma associated with police work affects all police officers and has contributed to record high suicide rates across the state of Texas.  It has been proven time and again that peer support groups can drastically reduce these numbers.  Despite these facts, 70 percent of police departments in Texas have no peer network or mental health resources.  The Texas Law Enforcement Peer Network was created to provide statewide peer support and culturally competent resources to officers no matter where they are in the State, while prioritizing their anonymity.   This presentation will cover the history, development, structure, training, and resources of the Texas Law Enforcement Peer Network.