OPSO: After traumatic event, deputies must go through detailed screening

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OUACHITA PARISH, La, (KNOE) - Deputies who go through a traumatic event like a deputy-involved shooting go through a detailed screening before they can go back on the street.

The sheriff's office's public information officer, Glenn Springfield, says all deputies who experience some sort of trauma while in the line of duty are offered counseling and a chaplain to help them get through it.

They also offer services through a first responders support group called "The Southern Law Enforcement Foundation." That's where they get to talk to other officers or deputies who have gone through the same thing.

All those are optional, but he says going through training, specific to the case they were handling during the critical event, is mandatory.

Springfield says a deputy needs to be physically and mentally prepared before returning to duty.

“Once they are comfortable with what they've gone through, and they're comfortable with everything that's happened, and the administration is comfortable, they return to duty and assume their normal role," Springfield said.

Springfield says The Southern Law Enforcement Foundation is a free service to deputies. There are representatives from all agencies throughout the state.