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I would have to agree, talking about it to someone who understands what it's like is usually a good thing. My department has about 15 professional psychologists that work specifically with us to deal with stress and other duty related incidents.

If some of your smaller departments can't afford to have a professional psychologist, then maybe someone can take the initiative and start a support group for folks to do some talking.

As for major incidents that happen while you're on the job, there should ALWAYS be a debrief afterward, whether it be right after the incident or the next working day. My department has debriefs all the time for two reasons: One for the tactical aspects of what just happend and what could have been done better, and two, to make sure everyone at scene is ok.

I've been through quite a through "traumatic" incidents in my time on the job, feel free to let me know if you have something I can help with.
 
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