NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – More than 200 members of three Connecticut police departments went through training for “emotional survival” this week. Hamden Police Chief Thomas J. Wydra says it’s one of the more contemporary issues in policing.
Wydra says the stresses of being a cop are many, and as a result, police officers have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and mortality. The training, which spanned three days at the Quinnipiac University Law School in North Haven, focused on managing the stresses of policing, and ensuring they don’t infiltrate home life. Wydra says it can also be a challenge for officers to ask for help.
“Police officers, first and foremost are human beings, just life everybody else,” said Wydra.
Officers, supervisors, and civilian members of the North Haven, East Haven, and Hamden police departments participated in the training, presented by Dr. Kevin M. Gilmartin.