PPD Receives Mental Health & Wellness Grant

Pullman PD Receives Grant to Improve Law Enforcement Mental Health & Wellness
Posted on 10/18/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2021

Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police

Pullman Police Department

(509) 334-0802

 

Pullman PD Receives Grant to Improve Law Enforcement Mental Health & Wellness

 

Each year, more law enforcement officers lose their lives to suicide than to line-of-duty deaths. Officers respond to a variety of traumatic incidents, each impacting the mental health of personnel at every level of the organization, from responding officers to support staff. In general, law enforcement work can be extremely dangerous, causing stress and anxiety to first responders who fear for their safety, as well as those who care for and support them. As a result, law enforcement personnel are at greater risk for a variety of serious issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, alcohol abuse, weight problems, burnout, even divorce.

           

The Pullman Police Department has been selected to receive an award of $114,974 under the 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA), funded through the US Department of Justice COPS Office. These grant funds will allow the Pullman Police Department and partner agencies to establish a Palouse Area Peer Support Program, ensuring that all employees (sworn and non-sworn), regardless of agency size or resource restrictions, will have access to mental health and wellness services.

 

The Palouse Area Peer Support Program is a collaborative effort between the Pullman Police Department, Moscow Police Department and WSU Police Department. Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology will assist with program evaluation, providing new knowledge regarding the mental health and wellness of law enforcement personnel in rural agencies. This grant application was supported by the Public Safety Fellowship, a partnership between the Pullman Police Department and Washington State University.