The job of a law enforcement officer is often stressful, demanding, and dangerous. The lifestyle and culture of law enforcement affects more than just the officers. Spouses, partners, parents, children, and companions of law enforcement officers play an integral role in an officer’s health and wellness. Families are a support system for their loved one in law enforcement, but they also need support. We at the IACP would like to share information and resources and connect individuals to learn more about the benefits and challenges faced by law enforcement family members.
Resources for Companions of Law Enforcement Officers
Five Ways to Support Those Who Support Law Enforcement- Ideas discussed at the 2017 IACP Annual Conference during a Companion Track Roundtable.
Five Tips for Positive Law Enforcement Family Relationships- Blog by Assistant Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, Visiting IACP Fellow, Jacqueline Ehrlich and Program Manager in the Office of Field Operations under Customs and Border Protection, Steve Ehrlich
The Unspoken Role of a Police Chief's Spouse- Blog by Laci Steele, spouse of Chief Stewart Steele of Chickasha, Oklahoma, Police Department
Law Enforcement Spouse and Family Support
- National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (formerly known as Wives Behind the Badge, Inc.)
- Non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to law enforcement officers and their families, and serving as apositive voice for law enforcement in the community.
- Provides blog posts, programs, events, and forums to individuals.
- NALES has social media including Facebook that individuals can access to support each other.
- Law Enforcement Family Support Network
- Advocates for family education & support to improve the health and wellness of officers and their law enforcement families. Provides emotional support, education, quality resources, and connections for law enforcement officers and their family members.
- Provides family resources such as in communications and parenting, mental health support, financial resources, and inspirational reading.
- LEFSN has social media including Facebook that individuals can access to support each other.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- Provides resources for helping one’s self, someone else, and suicide prevention.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has social media including Facebook and Twitter that individuals can access to support each other.
- Child Care Aware
- National Police Wives Association
- Non-profit organization that supports law enforcement spouses and families and provides resources to those new to the law enforcement community. NPWA is dedicated to helping individuals face the daily struggles of being in a law enforcement relationship.
- Provides online forums ranging in various topics with over 800 members worldwide. There is a 24-hour moderation to maintain a safe online environment to make friends and support one another.
- Provides additional resources that are located on their website for anyone to use, including other websites or organizations that support officer companions and families.
- NPWA has social media including Twitter and Facebook that members can access and support each other.
- The Police Wife Life
- Dedicated to support law enforcement officers and focused on bringing awareness, as well as creating respect of officers from the public. Additionally, TPWL is a national online community that offers support to those in law enforcement, spouses, family, or loved ones.
- Provides blog posts by creator of TPWL and police wife, Melissa Littles, on website in various topics, which may be beneficial and relatable to any companion of a law enforcement officer.
- Provides additional resources that are located on their website for anyone to use, such as an end of watch packet and a crisis referral service for public safety/emergency personnel and their families.
- TPWL has social media including Twitter and Facebook that individuals can access to support each other.
- Wives of Police Officers Community Group
- This is a place for wives of police officers and their families to relate and support one another.
- Provides an ability for police wives to share their stories and struggles, as well as an opportunity to receive advice and support from others who understand and have been in similar situations.
- Wives on Duty Ministries
- Non-profit ministry designed for wives of police officers and all first responders in need of support and encouragement through the word of God. Wives on Duty assist police wives to see the God’s intended vision for marriage. Police wives will have a prayer partner, not receive judgment, and feel safe.
- Provides information for any local chapters in your surrounding area, as well as a place to submit prayer requests.
- WODM has social media including Facebook that individuals can access to support each other. They frequently host “Cuffs and Coffee,” which is a devotional for wives on a live chat that allows them to interact from any location.
Safety and Wellness Resources that Companions can Share with Officers