NW3C Announces Officer Wellness and Mental Health Initiative

by User Not Found | Jan 12, 2021
The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) announces a new officer wellness and mental health initiative to combat the growing problem of the mental wellbeing among law enforcement officers. In addition to free training, NW3C will offer free monthly webinars featuring various mental health professionals that specialize in law enforcement wellness.

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RICHMOND, VA, January 12, 2021 - The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) announces a new officer wellness and mental health initiative to combat the growing problem of the mental wellbeing among law enforcement officers. In addition to free training, NW3C will offer free monthly webinars featuring various mental health professionals that specialize in law enforcement wellness.  

This comprehensive initiative will focus on all areas of officer safety and wellness including mental, physical, and emotional health, family wellness, work/life balance, suicide prevention, peer support, resiliency, trauma, stress management, retirement transition, financial health, and much more. NW3C’s Wellness and Mental Health Initiative Program Manager, Elizabeth Strong, plans to launch a website resource containing new courses, information, and webinars focusing solely on officer wellness and mental health in 2021.  

Strong says, “We have a unique position and opportunity to make a large impact on many law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. By providing knowledge of stress and trauma and the underlying causes, we have the opportunity to modify, adapt, and change the involuntary, reflexive response to commonly encountered situations.  

Our planning and implementation will include adding modules that highlight mental health and wellness to our current training curriculum and we are also looking forward to focusing a specific tract of training dedicated to the mental health and wellness topics. We are excited not only to offer immediate and timely knowledge on this topic, but to look to future opportunities to ensure this important knowledge is presented to as many law enforcement and criminal justice professionals as possible. We have the knowledge, ability and desire to share information that will positively impact all criminal justice professionals and possibly even save their life. We are excited to provide this new mental health and wellness initiative that, we believe, will change the landscape of policing.” 

Additionally, NW3C’s President and CEO, Glen Gainer, intends to add a wellness component to every course NW3C offers. Gainer says, “The foundation of NW3C’s mission is to provide necessary training and resources to support criminal justice professionals, and I see this new mental health and wellness initiative as another opportunity to demonstrate our support. The safety and wellness of our country’s law enforcement officers is of paramount importance and we are committed to incorporating this important subject matter in all aspects of our training to provide them with additional knowledge, skills, and tools to help them further succeed personally and professionally.” 

NW3C, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has provided nationwide support for law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime for over 40 years. In addition to delivering training in computer forensics, cyber and financial crime investigation, and criminal intelligence analysis, NW3C offers analytical technical support to criminal justice practitioners who investigate and prosecute white collar and related crimes. NW3C has more than 6,000 member agencies in the U.S. and its territories, as well as 15 other countries throughout the world. For more information on NW3C, please visit www.nw3c.org or contact wellness@nw3c.org.