Mental Health, Wellness A New Focus For State Police | CT News Junkie

Private First Class Rodney Valdes Credit: provided photo

When former Hartford Police Chief James Rovella was appointed commissioner of the state’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in 2019, he made it a point to look out for the well-being of the agency’s employees, including state troopers.

The results have been a growing peer support program for Soldiers, more avenues for employees to seek help with mental health and family stressors, exercise equipment to allow people to exercise in a safe environment during the pandemic and soon, two emotional support dogs visiting state police troops and interacting with communities across the state.

“It’s about, how do you maintain your highest-cost assets?” Rovella said of employees in six divisions within DESPP, including just over 900 state police officers.

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