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Thursday June 30th, 2022 :: 08:24 a.m. EDT

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GTPD Awarded US DOJ COPS Office Mental Health and Wellness Grant

Gloucester Township Police Awarded US DOJ COPS Office Mental Health and Wellness Grant
 
The Gloucester Township Police Department has long understood the importance of recognizing the signs of cumulative stress and symptoms of post-traumatic stress as a major component of police work. To help recognize the awareness of June being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness (PTSD) month, the Gloucester Township Police Department would like to announce they were awarded grant funding in 2021 by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program. The approved award amount for $59,900 in grant funds will be used to further enhance the available resources in their current agency employee wellness program for Gloucester Township police officers.
 
These funds will now allow the addition of confidential annual wellness visits for Gloucester Township police officers with a licensed psychologist who is board certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. The yearly wellness visits will help officers understand the structure of mental health services and determine for themselves whether they or their family may benefit from counseling or support. Deputy Chief Anthony Minosse, who is the project manager for the LEMHWA grant said, “We hope being able to add annual mental health visits will reduce any stigma and normalize focus on the mental health of our police officers, their families, along with all those who they work with in law enforcement.”
 
These individual visits will be mandatory for all police officers to attend as a supportive benefit, and as potential safety net to help promote their resiliency in handling mental health issues indicative in the law enforcement profession. "There is no greater asset at the Gloucester Township Police Department than the people who serve our community. Their resiliency and wellness are one of the most important concerns that we have. This program will bolster our wellness programs, and make us better so that we can carry out our duties to protect our community," said Chief David Harkins.
 
For information on the Gloucester Township Police Department or their Employee Assistance and Wellness programs, please call Police Services at 856-228-4011 or email [email protected] . For more information about the LEMHWA program, please call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or visit the website at https://cops.usdoj.gov/lemhwa-award .
 
Date of Media Release: June 30, 2022
Media Release By: Deputy Chief Anthony Minosse #126
 
 

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