Mental Health, Wellness A New Focus For State Police

When former Hartford Police Chief James Rovella was appointed commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in 2019, he made it a goal to see to the wellness of the agency’s employees, including state troopers.

The results have been a growing peer support program for troopers, more avenues for employees to seek help with mental health and family stressors, exercise equipment to allow people to work out in a safe environment during the pandemic and soon, two emotional support dogs that will visit state police troops and interact with communities statewide.

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