Inviting all Law Enforcement in Will County to attend the memorial service on May 18th at the Will County Courthouse at noon and then join the families of the fallen for lunch at the Joliet Historical Museum.
Police officers have a difficult job. They are often in the midst of other people’s crises-fights, domestic violence, shootings, fatal car accidents, which sometimes put their own lives at risk. They face high-stress situations, must make instant decisions, and often work grueling schedules while missing time with family. The accumulated stress on officers has significant consequences on their physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Police officers have higher rates of divorce, stress, substance abuse and suicide than the general public. Recent studies suggest that one out of four police officers on the street has an alcohol or substance abuse problem. The suicide rate for police officers is four times higher than the rate for firefighters. Over two times more police die by suicide than by homicide. Almost one in four officers have had thoughts of suicide at some point in their life. Between 7-19% of police officers have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. These officers who sacrifice so much for the safety of our communities deserve support and resources to help them handle the stresses of their professional and personal life. Blue Line Ministries is dedicated to help.