Monday, July 26th, 2010 by Editor
As a Police Officer How Would You Handle PTSD, or a Disability, or Both?
Chris Dobratz has had to deal with both. In our CopsAlive interview with former Police Detective Sergeant Christian Dobratz, an 18 year veteran of law enforcement, who was forced to retire on a disability we discuss how he successfully navigated a severe case of PTSD and then went on to a forced disability retirement because of an old back injury. He is now an Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement, Department of Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
I met Chris when he traveled to my home state of Colorado to be part of a Stress Management for Law Enforcement Seminar that was being presented by CopsAlive Contributor Lisa Wimberger of Trance Personnel Consulting Group (TPCG).
Chris and a very diverse career with work at both the county sheriff level and within a municipal police department. In his career he worked as a deputy sheriff, a patrol officer, detective, worked on a drug task force, and medically retired as a police sergeant. During his career he battled a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder… (PTSD) that was triggered by his investigation of a house fire where three young boys perished. This came only months after the birth of his first child. In our interview Chris talks very candidly about his experiences dealing with PTSD and how he successfully worked though treatment and went on to file charges in the deaths of the three boys. He also talks openly about dealing with an long time back injury that he received playing High School football and how he survived multiple surgeries during his career until a final surgery ended his career.
If you have ever considered how you would handle the severe stresses that lead to PTSD, or wonder if an unexpected injury might end your career, you need to listen to this interview.
You can listen to our 1 hour and 4 minute interview here:
Or you can download the 7 MB mp3 file by RIGHT CLICK HERE to download (that’s CONTROL CLICK if you use a Mac then SAVE LINK AS…) a copy of the mp3 file.
You can can email Chris Dobratz by CLICKING HERE
or check out his page on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christiandobratz
Books recommended by Chris Dobratz:
Gilmartin, Kevin M. Emotional Survival For Law Enforcement. Tucson: E-S Press, 2002.
Anderson, Wayne and David Swenson and Daniel Clay. Stress Management For Law Enforcement Officers. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc, 1995.
For more information and resources about PTSD and treatment for police officers see our recent article:
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