Sussex County police attend stress-relieving training seminar

Vernon /
| 23 May 2022 | 04:41

The Sussex County Chiefs of Police Association recently hosted two one-day seminars at the Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek in Vernon. In total, 175 police officers from police agencies across Sussex County were in attendance. The training took place May 3 and 4.

The seminar featured guest speaker retired Chief Kent Williams, who was a law enforcement officer in a suburb of Chicago, IL. Chief Williams is the CEO of Breach Point Consulting, also based in Illinois.

According to a release by the Vernon Township Police Department, Williams’ presentation focused on the stresses of police work and tools officers can use to help manage their work stress to minimize the effects on their professional and personal lives.

“Police officers encounter countless critical incidents over the course of their careers that compound and can have lasting effects on their health and relationships,” the release read. “In New Jersey alone, there are approximately 15 police suicides annually. In the United States, there were 157 police suicides in 2021 and 176 in 2020. The Sussex County Chiefs of Police Association is committed to the officer wellness of our police officers in Sussex County and honored to have been able to coordinate this training.”

Also in attendance was Sussex County prosecutor Francis Koch and New Jersey State PBA President Pat Colligan.

The Sussex County Chiefs of Police thanked Mountain Creek for donating lunch and the use of the Red Tail Lodge.