Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and policing

Published 2 Nov 2019
Written by
College of Policing
Reading time
10 mins

This short guidance document entitled ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Policing’ has been published by the College of Policing.

The guidance document ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Policing' explains that it has been designed with a number of different groups in mind, including police officers and staff, occupational health and human resource practitioners, Police Federation and police unions as well as the partners and families of police officers and staff.

Its goal is to provide some of the essential information needed to understand the kinds of events that can cause traumatic responses, the different kinds of responses that occur, how officers and staff can build their resilience to avoid becoming traumatised, and which interventions may help with treatment.

It brings together expertise from across the field to provide evidence-based guidance which can be applied, in a very practical sense, on the ground.