Kentucky Law Provides Time Off For Cops, Firefighters After Critical Incidents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law a bill that aims to help police officers and firefighters manage critical incidents. 

House Bill 562, ceremonially signed last week, provides law enforcement officers and firefighters a 48-hour leave after they are involved in a critical incident, WHAS11 reported. The bill also redefines a critical incident as any event that has a stressful impact sufficient enough to overwhelm one’s usual coping strategies. These include officer-involved shootings, serious vehicle crashes, the death of a colleague or partner and other circumstances. 

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