BEND, OR -- As the east side Safeway reopens Wednesday morning, Bend Police are putting a renewed focus on officer mental health. "The days of the ‘tough guy’ persona-thing is long gone," says Bend PD's Sheila Miller. While officers see traumatic events all the time, Miller says the August 28th shooting was especially difficult. To help on a daily basis, officers have access to a nationally recognized wellness program, "We have yoga four days a week, we have an on-site therapist, we have mindfulness and sleep programs. And, probably most importantly after an incident like this, we offer critical incident stress management debriefs for everyone who’s involved with something like this."
And, she says those involved in the grocery store shooting took part in their own diffusing, "Which is sort of like a short version of a debrief the night of the incident, for those who were immediately impacted - those who were first on the scene," Miller tells KBND News, "So, we had chaplains come in, we have a lot of resources that we put towards making sure our officers are not only physically healthy, but also mentally and emotionally healthy."
KBND News asked Safeway what resources are in place for employees as the store reopens. We received this written statement Tuesday evening:
“We are re-opening our Highway 20, Bend, Safeway tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. and will be resuming normal hours. We are so grateful for our team members, as well as for the Bend community. We will continue to provide our associates support during this difficult time."