In response to the Lakewood Church shooting, where a gunman opened fire in the church’s lobby leading to a shootout between the suspect and law enforcement, Houston Police Department and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers have been provided with mental health care resources. This includes access to peer support teams from both departments and unions, as well as any necessary psychological treatment.
The Houston Police Officers’ Union has stated that their officer involved in the shooting, as well as responding officers, will receive the support they need during this time. The union has also reached out to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to offer mental health resources to their officer involved in the shooting. It is essential to provide resources and support for law enforcement officers involved in traumatic and high-stress situations like this. The mental health and well-being of officers are just as important as their physical safety.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is ongoing. This step is crucial in ensuring that they receive the support and care they need during this time. Providing mental health care resources for law enforcement officers who are involved in such situations can help them cope with the trauma and stress they experienced on the job. It is important for law enforcement leaders to prioritize the mental health of their officers, just as they prioritize their physical safety.