Wisconsin Police Officers To Receive PTSD Crisis Intervention Training

Many individuals suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological condition that can result in violent mood swings. However, not everyone who has the condition has been properly diagnosed by a physician. Before they seek treatment, people with PTSD may run into trouble with the law.

Several counties do not have police officers trained to approach mentally ill individuals in crisis, but a number of regions across Wisconsin are making an effort to educate local authorities on the symptoms of PTSD, according to KUWS-FM. More than 30 officers from Duluth, Cloquet, Eau Claire and St. Louis County will be schooled on how to initiate crisis intervention in offenders with conditions, such as PTSD.

Steve Wickelgren, the Clinical Director of the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team Officer’s Association, will be helping with the education process. Wickelgren told the news source that he wants to expand crisis intervention training to accommodate veterans who are returning from Iraq. It is not uncommon for former military officials to exhibit extreme signs of anxiety or stress.

More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Trauma is primarily responsible for the condition, but it can be managed with medication and therapy over time.