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Self-support techniques after a traumatic incident

Policing is exciting, challenging and often dangerous work. It involves adjusting to everyday exposure, to incidents and situations that for most people might only happen once in a lifetime.

It is common to experience a series of challenging incidents, one after the other. Healthy processing of such incidents is essential in policing to reset the stress response, to file events as past, and to move on to the next job.

As the nature of crime changes, so do the different types of trauma exposure police might experience. It is well recognised that different types of trauma exposure call on us to adopt different coping strategies: to prepare ourselves for what we are about to experience, to manage our response to the experience, to make sense of what we experience, and to move on.

This guide is designed to provide you or your colleagues with the information you need to understand what is happening to you in the first 24hrs, 48hrs, month, 3months, and year, as well as some tips and techniques to help you better process trauma.

These techniques have been developed by Police Care UK following extensive research and testing within policing, and draw on experiences of operational officers and staff, as well as leading reserch from civilian and military life.

To find out more about the techniques, you can contact our research team by clicking here to send an email.

To download your copy of the helpguide, complete the form to the right. Alternatively, click here to order copies for your team.

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