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    Hartfor Courant Op-Ed by FOP Lodge #33 Secretary

    I am a police officer, and I have been angry. For months, I have heard the attacks on my fellow officers. I have seen the media and the Al Sharptons take common criminals and turn them into martyrs. I have seen people who have never worn a badge or put their lives on the line comment on police procedures.

    Your Mental Health & Wellness

    For 29 years I lived a fairy tale life. I was married to my best friend and husband, Paul. We began dating when we were 17 years old and were married at age 22. We had two wonderful sons, Jared and Benjamin and a precious dog named Frosty. We had no money problems, no family issues; we didn’t smoke, drink or gamble; we laughed and loved each other; we took family vacations and enjoyed each other’s company. Life was great. Then, on March 12, 2013, my fairy tale life ended. My husband of 34 years died by suicide. Suicide; it’s a terrible ugly and taboo word, especially when it happens to an LEO. How could this happen to someone like Paul? You may also be asking why I’m sharing this personal story with the world. My sons and I are not ashamed or embarrassed by Paul’s story. It’s a story that is real and can happen to the best LEO’s. Does the life I describe sound like someone who would take their own life? It’s time to break the silence. Paul was an East Hartford Connecticut Police Officer for almost 24 years. He was a well-respected and dedicated officer. He was a friend to all. During his years of service he received a meritorious service citation, lifesaving citation, and many commendations. He was also awarded “East Hartford Police Officer of the Year” in 2008. He spent most of his career was in patrol, working midnights. He was the kind of police officer that you would want to be stopped by. He made friends with the bad guys; they often asked for him. As with all LEO’s, he saw the worst things in the world such as car accidents, drunk drivers, dead people, dead babies, murder/suicides, and even watched a teenager who was stabbed die in his arms. He also lost a fellow officer, Brain Aselton, who died in the line of duty. When Paul started his career he had perfect health. Paul suffered from some depression and anxiety but nothing that could not be helped through his family practitioner with medication. He also suffered many health ailments incurred after many years on the job – hypertension, lower back problems, sleep apnea, etc. During the fall of 2012, the job that Paul had inside the department as desk/fleet/scheduling/court officer was becoming too stressful. Paul reached out to administration by writing a letter about the position and how difficult the job was becoming as responsibilities were continually added. He asked for a change in his work schedule and said “…I am willing to work with anyone to make this position more reasonable.” He asked “If this position can’t be modified per my request I would like to be permitted to return to patrol for next year’s bid which starts on February 2, 2013.” No one responded. Without his knowledge, while away on vacation in September, his position was posted and shortly after Paul returned to midnight shift on patrol. Still, no one from administration spoke to him about the position and the stress he was feeling. During the fall of 2012, I watched as my husband struggled with depression and anxiety. Paul needed help. Without knowing where to turn or what to do, he called Employee Assistance Program and made an appointment with a psychiatrist. He was given a meditation handbook and referred to a nurse practitioner who would handle his medication. This psychiatrist knew nothing about LEO’s. Paul never went back. Paul continued to struggle. He was sleeping more, losing weight, and beginning to feel like a failure. He felt ashamed; he was supposed to be this strong police officer and yet here he was struggling. He told me “I have everything a man dreams of, why do I feel this way?” In December 2012/January 2013 he began to see a new psychiatrist and was actively taking medication. He was diagnosed with Panic Disorder/PTSD related to the job. January 2013 – While working midnight shift, Paul responded to a chaotic scene, an apartment fire where babies were being thrown from the windows and people were jumping. He was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He told me “It was like 9/11; people and kids were everywhere screaming. I can’t do this job anymore.” February 2013 – Paul took one month off from work. There were some good days where he “looked” OK. On other days, he talked about work and how stressed he was and that he couldn’t do the job anymore and it was killing him inside. We talked about the possibility of retirement, disability, and quitting. Retirement was so close (July 2014) but yet so far away from Paul. He wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital because he was embarrassed that people may know him there and he feared he would lose his job. March 2013 – A permanent position was made inside the department for Paul and he returned to work. On March 12, 2013 Paul died by suicide at the East Hartford Police Department. Paul left two notes, one at the police department and one found at home. He said “….make my death an issue so you can get help for other people like me.” “I wish I could tell people that every time I think of work I get stressed out and anxious but if I told them I was suicidal I would be out of a job.” This is why my sons and I are on a mission. We need to help others and make changes in the way law enforcement looks at depression/anxiety/panic disorder/PTSD. The stress of the job is real and it exists. Suicide is not an act of cowardice but one of extreme stress and a measure of last resort to end the pain and suffering. One cannot “snap out of it” and the best way to stop suicide is to destroy the current culture where police officers cannot admit they are human. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. There needs to be more training and peer support. Administration needs to understand the stressors that each officer faces. EAP didn’t work for Paul. I hope that you will help me fufill my husband’s last wish which was to make his death an issue and help others. Please take the time to view the personal video of Paul’s story. My husband, who was this kind, caring, and loving person truly bore the pain of those he protected and served. The video can be viewed on Youtube “Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyVQMH-Pfws Please, also, take a few minutes to view the movie trailer on Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO01Qeg15KU It is a film that is being produced to help law enforcement officers survive the rigors of their stressful careers. It explores the darker side of law enforcement. It is powerful and real. Let’s work together to break the silence. Trish Buchanan is the widow of East Hartford, Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan Badge Number 208 who died by suicide on March 12, 2013. She seeks to bring light to the subject of police suicide by talking about it. Trisha is an executive assistant in a Hartford Connecticut suburb and the proud mother of two sons. Her current passion is working to establish a 5-K First Responder run in Officer Buchanan’s memory. Trish’s strong faith has sustained her through this terrible time in her life. You may reach her at trishbuchanan208@yahoo.com If you, a loved one, a subordinate, or a colleague is experiencing problems like Officer Buchanan, help is available 24 hours per day at Safe Call Now 206 459 3020. Safe Call Now is not EAP. By Washington State law, information shared with Safe Call Now cannot be obtained by law enforcement agencies no matter where you call from. - See more at: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2014/03/27/preventing-police-suicide-a-police-wife-breaks-the-silence/#sthash.jPsaMitU.ElhQsZp8.dpuf


    Congratulations to K-9 Officer Aimee Krzykowski of the Berlin Police Department who was recently recognized as the Highest Individual Fundraiser by the American Cancer Society for their "Bark For Life" event!! Aimee, a Breast Cancer Survivor and a Member of the North Central Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #33, raised a total of $7,900.

    Wall Street Journal OpEd: The justice nominee and the cop killer

    Wall Street Journal OpEd: The justice nominee and the cop killer 02/26/2014 In the coming weeks, the Senate will consider the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil-rights division. There are those who object to the nominee on various grounds, and others who defend him.

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    Funeral Services for Retired Officer Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    'Live PD' to have El Paso police Officer Andrea Zendejas as TV show's studio guest
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Bellingham Police Guild Endorses Eric Richey
    Bellingham Police Guild
    Vehicle Theft Prevention Event
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    EPPD: Department too understaffed to fulfill governor's school safety proposal
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    EPPD Promotion Ceremony
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
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    Funeral Services for Retired Officer Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez
    06/18/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Officer Jesus Rodriguez #682, who passed away on June 14, 2018 at the age of 66.   (Ret.) Officer Rodriguez served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 39 years.  He was commissioned by the El Paso Police Department in April of 1978 and retired on March 31, 2017.
    'Live PD' to have El Paso police Officer Andrea Zendejas as TV show's studio guest
    06/08/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    An El Paso police officer will be the studio guest on the "Live PD" cable television show this weekend. Officer Andrea Zendejas is featured regularly on the reality policing program as she patrols Northeast El Paso.  Zendejas will be in the show's studio in New York City this weekend, the television program and El Paso Police Department said.
    Bellingham Police Guild Endorses Eric Richey
    06/08/18 - Bellingham Police Guild
    The Bellingham Police Guild is proud to endorse Eric Richey for Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney.  We stand behind the most experienced and professional candidate and look forward to continuing a longstanding relationship with the prosecutor's office as we work together to serve the community and victims of crime. https://www.facebook.
    Vehicle Theft Prevention Event
    06/06/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force and the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center’s PAR Unit and Explorer Post have teamed up with Wal-Mart to provide a Vehicle Theft Prevention Event.  This event will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Wal-Mart at 12236 Montana Ave.
    EPPD: Department too understaffed to fulfill governor's school safety proposal
    05/31/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a 43-page report Wednesday that outlines strategies for preventing school shootings and making campuses safer. The governor made dozens of recommendations, which included increasing the presence of law enforcement officers at schools.
    EPPD Promotion Ceremony
    05/29/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association invites all members to attend the El Paso Police Department's Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM and will take place at the 9-1-1 Communications Center, 6055 Threadgill Ave. The following member will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant: Linda Hanner #2234.
    NAPSO/CWA Joins Statewide Coalition on Energy Choice
    05/26/18 - NAPSO / CWA Local 9110
    Advanced Undercover Techniques & Survival “From the Basics to the Advanced” – Training Opportunity
    05/25/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    Charlie Fuller’s Outstanding Five-Day Training Program Presented by The International Association of Undercover Officers and Hosted by The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police will be held in Westminster, CO - August 20 - 24, 2018. This outstanding training event will be held in the Colorado FOP State Lodge’s Training Room located at 8400 Alcott Street in Westminster, CO.
    This was Ami - This Needs to be Shared
    05/24/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    This is Amy. This is what needs to be shared. Amy was a police officer in Baltimore County. Amy went to work wanting to make a difference. Amy put her uniform on everyday, never second guessed it and left her family behind. She drove her police car, listened to her radio and took every call. She saw things that no human should have to. She stood proud and loved what she did.
    Colorado FOP Legislative Action - 2018 General Assembly Session Report
    05/22/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    The Colorado legislative session is finally over. This was, from our perspective, was one of the most difficult yet productive in many years. Unlike last year when we brought two bills on officer wellness and PTSD and were successful in gaining passage of both into law; this session we did not bring any new legislation from the FOP per se.
    Officer Ambush and Lethal Environment Recognition - Training
    05/21/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    The "Public Agency Training Council" and the "Colorado Fraternal Order of Police" have partnered to bring you this important, relevant, and outstanding officer safety training. The seminar is open to all law enforcement personnel; both line officers and management. You do not need to be a member of the FOP to register/attend.
    May 2018 Gendarme
    05/18/18 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
    Ex-EPPD Officer Arrested
    05/17/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    An ex-El Paso Police officer was arrested by the Department’s Special Investigations unit and has been charged with Sexual Assault.  The offender, William Alexander met the victim after he responded and handled a police call involving the victim.  Later, while off-duty the offender met with the victim and he sexually assaulted her.
    The NHPA purchases office building in downtown Concord.
    05/16/18 - New Hampshire Police Association
    The NHPA purchases office building in downtown Concord. Over the years, the NHPA Board has considered whether or not the NHPA should invest in commercial property somewhere close to the downtown area of Concord. The idea was to identify a property that could be a source of revenue for the membership while possibly providing a space for meetings and act as our headquarters.
    2018 New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service
    05/16/18 - New Hampshire Police Association
    New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 2018 Concord – On Friday, May 18, 2018, the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be held at the site of the Police Memorial at 9:45 AM. The New Hampshire Police Memorial is located on State Street on the grounds of the Legislative Office Building, behind the State House in Concord.
    President Donald J Trump's Speech at the 37th Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service
    05/15/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    President Donald J Trump paid tribute this morning during the 37th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitols in his speech honoring our fallen police officers. He was introduced by National FOP President Chuck Canterbury. This event marks the official start of National Police Week.
    SMPD to Run the Torch for Special Olympics
    05/14/18 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    SMPD to Run the Torch for Special Olympics The San Marcos Police Department will participate in the 2018 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 23. “The purpose of the LE Torch Run is to bolster awareness of Special Olympics of Texas, as well as to raise funds for Special Olympics,” said Chief of Police Chase Stapp.
    FBI Releases LEOKA Statistics For 2017
    05/11/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The FBI has released some of the latest statistics on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017.  On Thursday, the FBI released a portion of the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017 report, which said 93 LEOs were killed in the line of duty last year.  Of the 93 LODDs (line of duty deaths), 46 were felonious and 47 were accidental.
    Police Officer Alex Sable
    05/10/18 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    Magnus Officer Enhanced Wellness and Resiliency - Two Separate Class Offerings
    05/08/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    Colorado FOP & The National Command and Staff College are pleased to bring this nationally recognized workshop to Colorado.
    May 2018 Primary Runoff Election
    05/08/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Tuesday, May 22 is Election Day for the May 2018 Primary Runoffs.  Early voting will be held next week from May 14 through May 18.
    NHPA Convention & Annual Meeting 2018
    05/07/18 - New Hampshire Police Association
    Dallas police Officer Crystal Almeida of El Paso slowly recovering from shooting injuries
    05/03/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Dallas police Officer Crystal Almeida, an El Paso native and Americas High School graduate, is slowly recovering from severe injuries she sustained in a shooting while on duty last week.
    FOP of Ohio Endorses State Issue 1
    05/02/18 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio Endorses State Issue 1 May 8, 2018 - Vote Yes on Issue One Fair Districts - Fair Elections
    Public Servants, Including Police, Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class
    04/30/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The anxiety and seething anger that followed the disappearance of middle-income jobs in factory towns has helped reshape the American political map and topple longstanding policies on tariffs and immigration.  But globalization and automation aren’t the only forces responsible for the loss of those reliable paychecks.
    SMPD Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect
    04/30/18 - San Marcos Police Officers' Association
    San Marcos Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect San Marcos Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a bank in broad daylight Saturday morning. “The City of San Marcos is blessed to have such dedicated professionals working to keep this community safe,” said Chief Chase Stapp.
    Appellate court justice makes case for how tough it is to be a police officer today
    04/28/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    A thought provoking speech you will never forget: The grand opening of Golden West College’s Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) was held April 10, 2018. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Justice William W. Bedsworth, Fourth District Court of Appeal. The video was provided by GWC.
    04/28/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    CALL TODAY! We need your help in defeating legislation being promoted and pushed by the ACLU that will impact your right to privacy on CORA requests and increase your exposure to civil action. HB18-1404 “Peace Officer Internal Investigation Open Records” seeks to strip all Colorado Peace Officers of their expectation of non-disclosure & confidentiality.
    Public Safety Officers Benefit Program
    04/27/18 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
    Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers
    Auto Show Benefit - Injured SLMPD Officers
    04/26/18 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
    Dallas Police Officer Dies Following Home Depot Shooting
    04/25/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    One police officer has died and another was critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday by a gunman inside a Home Depot store in northeast Dallas, which set off a five-hour manhunt that ended with the chase and arrest of the suspected shooter. Officer.
    On Average, At Least 1 Officer Has Been Shot To Death Every Week This Year
    04/25/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    In the first 16 weeks of this year, 19 law enforcement officers across the US have been shot and killed in the line of duty, including sheriff deputies in Florida killed Thursday while they were eating in a restaurant. That averages out to more than one death a week.
    5th Annual EPMPOA Fallen Officers Memorial Run
    04/25/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The 5th Annual EPMPOA Fallen Officers Memorial Run will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, starting at 8:00 AM.  This year the race will start at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 8889 Gateway West Blvd. at the Fountains at Farah.  This year's race is in memory of Officer Karl McDonough #2703 and our other fallen heroes.
    Colonial Life Open Enrollment
    04/23/18 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
    The St. Louis Police Officers Association in partnership with Colonial Life offers voluntary insurance benefits (similar to Aflac) to our members at a very competitive rate.    The Colonial Life reps will be in various police buildings explaining the benefits and signing up members who are interested for the coverage.
    El Paso Police Accepting Applications for Police Trainee
    04/23/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Police Departement continues to accept applications for the position of Police Trainee.  This recruitment is for police trainees for an upcoming Police Academy class.
    Please Help the Family of a Brother in Blue
    04/22/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Officer Carlos Ponce's (#2153) father suffered a medical issue on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  He is currently sedated in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital.  Needless to say, hospital and doctor bills are beginning to pile up and cause a financial strain on the family,  Officer Ponce's mother had to quit her job to take care of her husband.
    Taking Care of Our Own: Mental Health Among Colorado Emergency Responders
    04/20/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    In Colorado, three times more police officers died by suicide than other line of duty deaths combined; for firefighters, suicides outpaced other line of duty deaths by 50%. Now, a first-of-its-kind report is available, detailing the state of mental health supports for emergency responders in Colorado.
    LEO Volunteers Requested - Tech and Virtual Reality in Mental Healthcare
    04/20/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    ATTENTION: The Colorado FOP has been partnered with “Responder Strong” since its beginning and sits on its leadership committee as well as two other sub-committees. Responder Strong is the first endeavor in Colorado to mobilize mental wellness efforts across emergency responder groups – fire, law enforcement, EMS and dispatch.
    FOPOhio LETR Challenge
    04/20/18 - Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc.
    With Fewer Police Applicants, Departments Engage in Bidding Wars
    04/19/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    Like many law enforcement agencies, the Utah Highway Patrol has lots of vacancies to fill as officers leave for higher-paying jobs. It also has a lot of competition. Salt Lake City recently announced plans to hire 50 additional officers for its police force.
    Use of Force and Documentation - Training Opportunity
    04/19/18 - Colorado State Lodge F.O.P.
    Outstanding training opportunity. Documenting the use of force is difficult because these rapidly evolving events are physically and emotionally stressful. Reporting critical details accurately requires effective recall, note-taking, organization, and writing skills. Reports must provide details that are clear, concise, accurate, and easy to understand.
    Lebanon Lodge 42 FOP
    04/19/18 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    EPMPOA Sponsored "Wing Drive" to benefit PHRC Sgt. J. Sierra & Family
    04/19/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association is sponsoring a "Wing Drive" lunch to benefit Region III (PHRC) Sergeant Jose Sierra and his family to assist her with expenses related to his wife's illness and pending surgery and recovery.
    City Council introduces new EPPD patrol cars, approve building award
    04/18/18 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
    EL PASO, Texas - City Council handed El Paso Police Department keys to more than a dozen new patrol cars at Tuesday's Council meeting.    The delivery of the units is part of the Council's efforts to replace 300 patrol units within a two-year period.
    NJLECOA Legal Services and Scholarship Program are ACTIVE!
    04/15/18 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
    The NJLECOA has posted the Legal Services and the Scholarship Application in the Important Links section. All the information you need is provided. The NJLECOA Executive Board has been working hard to get these programs drafted and completed for our members. The March 1st deadline for the 2018 Scholarship has been waived for this year only.
    04/14/18 - Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Yarmouth Police Dept and the family and friends of Officer Sean Gannon. Officer Gannon was tragically shot and killed while serving a warrant this afternoon. Rest in Peace brother. .
    Comedy Show
    04/12/18 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
    Support a fellow NJLECOA Member on April 28, 2018 and enjoy dinner and a comedy show.
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