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NCJ Number: 186278 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of the Law Enforcement Family Support Grant: Vermont State Police, Final Report
Author(s): John Meyer Ed.D.; William Clements Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Vermont Ctr for Justice Research
United States of America
Date Published: December 1998
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Law and Justice
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Vermont Ctr for Justice Research
Northfield Falls, VT 05664
Grant Number: 96-FS-VX--0008
Sale Source: Vermont Ctr for Justice Research
P.O. Box 267
Northfield Falls, VT 05664
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of an evaluation of the Critical Incident Stress Management and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing training program for Vermont State Troopers, dispatchers, and their spouses or significant others.
Abstract: The objectives of the program grant were to develop a Vermont State Police (VSP) Peer Support Team and a Spouse Peer Support Team; train all State troopers in the basic principles of pre-incident stress management; provide training to applicants and recruits to the VSP; and offer an in-service training course on family issues in law enforcement. The objectives of the program evaluation were assessments of the initial 5-day intensive onsite training program, the follow-up training components, and the training outcomes for peers and families. The evaluation consisted of individual interviews, a review of program documentation, a written survey, and personal observation of and participation in one monthly training session. The evaluation found that the 5-day intensive program onsite academy was successfully completed. Also completed was the monthly follow-up programs for the Peer Support Team, the State Police recruit training program, and the cycle training program for all VSP troopers. The spousal training and the proposed 8-hour training program for all Vermont law enforcement agencies was not completed due to lack of time and resources. The outcomes for peers and families are not clear at this time due to only three spouses and significant others being involved. The training schedule competed with ongoing family scheduling. This part of the program is being redesigned to accommodate family schedules. Various action items are being implemented either by the team at large or by the individual working committees to ensure the VSP Peer Support Program becomes a viable self-supporting program. 3 tables and appended 5-day training program, list of participants, policy statement, evaluation questionnaire, and miscellaneous information and articles
Main Term(s): Police stress training
Index Term(s): Police family issues; Police occupational stress; Stress management; Vermont
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