Fraternal Order of Police
Massachusetts State Lodge

    The Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police takes officer wellness seriously. Working together with the National FOP and several Critical Incident Stress Management teams we have formed a peer support program that can provide comfort, intervention, education and referrals. A peer support program does not replace the services of mental health professionals.  If you are in immediate need of support, please call one of the following numbers.

    Robert Swartz (RET) 508-962-5720

    Joe Rizutti (RET) - 978-408-5279 or 

    Jim Leary 508-404-7301

    Massachusetts has a network of 17 Critical Incident Stress Management Teams that can be activated to support the police/fire service in the Commonwealth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact a team member directly or through the Mass. Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at (508) 820-2000.

    On-site Academy:

    The goal of the On-Site Academy is to lessen the impact of the event or events, and to accelerate recovery. Available on a continuous basis, the On-Site Academy is dedicated to maintaining the health, safety and well being of rescue personnel and their families, and to helping restore them to service in their chosen field, as soon as they are able.

    FIRST H.E.L.P.:

    First H.E.L.P. reduces mental health stigma for first responders through education and awareness and assists first responders in their search for healing. They acknowledge the service and sacrifice of first responders lost to suicide and care for their families in the aftermath of a suicide loss.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate support and resources for individuals experiencing crisis or contemplating suicide. With a 24/7 helpline, it provides a lifeline of hope for those in distress, ensuring that help is always just a call away.

    H.O.P.E Beyond The Badge: Listen Here

    A Pod Cast that brings Awareness, Inspiration, and Conversation together for First Responders, Families, and others interested in Mental Well-Being in First Response.

    Emotional survival for law enforcement: A guide for officers and their families

    View Book on Amazon

    Addresses the dynamics that can transform within a matter of a few years, idealistic and committed law enforcement officers/employees into cynical, angry individuals who begin having difficulties in both the personal and professional aspects of their lives. It points out how law enforcement personnel develop a social perceptual set that can potentially see employees engaging in inappropriate behavior patterns and decision-making that leads to both administrative and can unfortunately in some personnel lead to criminal difficulties. 

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