A critical incident may produce a variety of symptoms which can occur immediately at the scene, a few hours, days, or even weeks later.
The following are possible reactions that may occur:
This is not an all-inclusive list. Each individual will respond to a critical incident in his/her own way. While these reactions can be alarming and upsetting, it is important to remember that you are not losing control. What each situation has in common is that they involve normal people, experiencing normal reactions, to an event that is abnormalThe memory will always be a part of your life. The incident cannot be erased, but the reactions will ease with time.
The Utah Department of Corrections Peer Support Team was created to help department members in times of crisis. The team is available to assist all department members. The PeerSupport Team is comprised of fellow officers from within the department. The members are selected based upon experience, the ability to remain calm during a crisis, dedication to helping others, and the capability of keeping sensitive information confidential. All members receive annual training to stay current on new ideas and improve their interpersonal communication skills. Members of the Peer Support Team can be accessed by telephone, e-mail or in person. For assistance for yourself or for another employee you believe is in need of help please contact: 801-656-3219 or 801-545-5658