U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has commended the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s officer safety and wellness program.
Lynch visited IMPD offices Wednesday as part of her national Community Policing Tour of six communities that excel in areas cited in a report created by President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said IMPD was chosen because of its award-winning Office of Professional Development and Police Wellness. The office established in 2010 provides officers with counseling and other tools needed to deal with the stress of their jobs.
Lynch says “it takes a different kind of courage” for an officer to ask for help dealing with the stress and trauma they confront on the job.