Law enforcement can be a rewarding career. It can also be a stressful one.
Racine PD understands that officers encounter people in times of great crisis, and this can impact their mental health and well-being. In the 1980’s, the Racine Police Department created the Peer Support Team to help our members after they’ve dealt with these critical incidents. Since that time, the program has evolved into not only responding to critical incidents, but in educating our members about their mental health, how the job can affect it, and resources to help our members when they are in crisis.
The team consists of a Peer Advisor (Lieutenant), the Peer Support Commander (Sergeant), Peer Coordinator, and seven peer support team members. In addition to the Peer Support Team, a professional mental health therapist was hired in 2019, so our members can get the help they need with no cost to them.
At the Racine Police Department, we understand that our members need to be in good mental health in order to provide the best service to our community. To that end, we make sure our members are provided the information and resources necessary to stay healthy.