"It's a Fellowship"; Chaplain Helps Police Departments Debrief Following Dallas Shooting

Thursday night's shooting in Dallas has left a lasting impact on officers across the country, who strapped on their badge and came in to work Friday morning.

That includes Germantown Police Captain Mike Snow, who says his department's daily "roll call" focused primarily on that incident.

     "There's a solidarity among law enforcement and we're certainly feeling a great deal of sorrow for what happened out there in Dallas," he says. "Thinking about the officers, their families, and what they're experiencing, something I can't even imagine."

Most major departments around Southeast Wisconsin utilize Employee Assistant Programs, or therapists and chaplains who help officers deal with emotional trauma. In Germantown, Chaplain Greg Young has been debriefing officers for 12 years.

     "Sometimes it's not the words you say, but it's how you're there for people," he says. "If they don't feel like talking, that's okay, but we're here for them."

He's worked on numerous high profile debriefings including first responders to Sandy Hook Elementary, and the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting.

He was already scheduled to travel to Dallas in three weeks to speak with the Sheriff's Association.

     "That was scheduled long before this particular incident, and I've been in contact this morning with my contacts in Dallas, and letting them know that we care, that they are in our thoughts and prayers." 

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