"Law enforcement personnel are so used to helping others, that when we are in need, we forget to ask for help."
ALEES understands this statement all too well. Law enforcement personnel go through the triumphs and tragedies of life just like everyone else, but sometimes we forget to ask for help, to reach out and to accept the help that is offered. We are family - we bleed blue - we must take care of one another!
Mike Carleton retired from Tempe PD in 2020 as a sergeant after 21 years of service. During his tenure he was a member of both the Crisis Negotiations Team and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)/Peer Support Team for 19 years. Mike has a passion for assisting fellow first responders experiencing the effects of a critical incident or the cumulative stress that takes its toll on our minds, bodies and families. Mike is available for contact through his cell phone, to speak with as a confidential Peer Resource if your agency does not have a Peer Support team or you would prefer to speak to a peer outside of your agency's team.
Mike's company, Emergency Responder Crisis Solutions (ERCS), has partnerships with several resources around the state to provide first responders and/or their family members with highly qualified and vetted services often at no cost to you. These services are paid for through grants and allows you to seek resources without having to notify your agency.
I'm Retired Sgt. Steve Wamsley. I was with the Phoenix Police Department for 35 years sworn, and 4 years as a reserve Sgt. During that time after being in several critical incidents, I began to learn about the positive effects of moving forward after being involved in one. I was able to assist the police department with starting our first CISM team which is still in effect today and is one of the premier teams in the nation. I was asked to create a presentation on "How to Heal" from a law enforcement perspective which I have been teaching in a power point all over the state for the last 5 years. Please let me know if I can help in anyway with your agency, an employee, or give a presentation.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -President Theodore Roosevelt"