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Troy Anderson on effective peer support following a mass shooting response

“When you are dealing with things like a mass casualty with children, it is going to penetrate your armor.”


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Following the tragic school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, Troy Anderson managed the Connecticut State Police CISM teams that were deployed on-site and tasked with providing interventions and debriefings for the affected members of the State Police, municipal and federal law enforcement partners, first responder staff, support personnel, embedded clinicians, and state senior executives.

In this episode of Policing Matters, Troy speaks with podcast host Jim Dudley about the key lessons learned from the critical incident stress management process following the Sandy Hook shooting, plus recommendations for how agencies can implement an effective peer support process ahead of a critical incident. Troy currently serves as the executive director of officer safety and wellness for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).


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Policing Matters law enforcement podcast with host Jim Dudley features law enforcement and criminal justice experts discussing critical issues in policing