A Note to Police Officers Everywhere

December 8th, 2014 by

David Bruce

PTFD

Yes, I know the acronym is not what you are used to seeing but it isn’t wrong. It’s Post Traumatic Ferguson Disorder and I want to address it with my fellow officers for just a moment.

This time of year is known to be stressful enough without the added “stresser” of the media onslaught against the police going on now. I know how you feel, you put your heart and soul into doing this job every day and it seems that the whole world is against you. If you aren’t watchful, you will find yourself growing angry or distant or depressed or any combination of the above.

Those of us who are of a certain age remember that we have been there before in this country. In the 1960’s during the Vietnam protests, the race riots such as the Watts Riots and others show that public opinion swings like a pendulum with highs and lows. If it feels worse now it’s because of the ever present social media which gives every legal “scholar” immediate access to a public forum in which to spew their stupidity. Again, if we are not watchful, we may find ourselves profoundly impacted negatively. The danger here is, if we allow this to happen, it can affect not only our job performance but our familial relationships as well.

As a designated Chaplain, I am proposing that fellow officers do the following:

1. Remind yourself daily that you are making a difference for the good and then encourage a co-worker to do the same.
2. If you find that social media is bringing you down, t