There were so many times during my 30+ years as a police wife that I longed for a "sisterhood" among police spouses. The officers seemed to have a "brotherhood" of sorts at the department and among their peers which is so crucial to their existence. But, there were things I needed to discuss as well with someone who may understand the intricacies of this type of "family career".
"Police marriages can be strained, police families can be confusing and police shifts can leave officers and spouses drained. Putting some form of spousal education in place can help police marriages stand on a more solid foundation of knowledge and hope, benefiting the family, the officer and the agency." Linda Seitz/Co-Founder of the Huntington Beach Police Department's Support for Officers' Spouses group (HBPD SOS)
Recently, I was asked by the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) to write an article for the Police Chief magazine to enhance the "Officer Wellness" information in their recent edition. I didn't have to think very long on what topic I wanted to bring to the forefront.
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