Governor signs Maycumber bill to expand critical incident stress management programs for law enforcement and other first responders

'We need to give them effective support and assistance to ensure they get home to their families, healthy, whole and appreciated,' says Maycumber

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation into law today to give law enforcement officers and fire fighters around the state more access to programs designed to help them cope with on-the-job trauma.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, requires the Criminal Justice Training Commission to inventory current critical incident stress management programs in Washington and expand access to these programs for all law enforcement, fire fighters and other first responders.

“Now, more than ever, our law enforcement officers and fire fighters are putting their lives on the line for their communities each and every day,” said Maycumber, a former law enforcement officer.  “We need to make sure that all officers and fire fighters, no matter where they serve, have the same access to life-changing and life-saving services to help them deal with some of the traumatic encounters they have with the public.

“While many residents are isolating because of the governor's 'Stay home, stay healthy' order, our law enforcement continues to patrol the streets to keep our families and communities safe,” she said.

House Bill 2926 also requires a preliminary report by July 21, 2021 and a formal report to the Legislature by July 1, 2022.  This complete statewide picture of the issue will help determine where more services are needed.

“What's not widely known is that an officer is more likely to die by suicide than in the official line of duty,” said Maycumber.  “But I've always believed that cop suicides are line of duty deaths.  Every man or woman in blue, and every fire fighter needs to know they have the support of the community they serve, and that includes having access to the best critical incident stress programs available.

“The health and wellness of our law enforcement officers and fire fighters should be just as important as their training and safety,” Maycumber continued.  “We need to give them effective support and assistance to ensure they get home to their families, healthy, whole and appreciated.”

The 60-day 2020 legislative session ended March 12.

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