In the aftermath of the Lakewood Church shooting, Houston law enforcement leaders are taking proactive steps to provide mental health care for their officers. This is in response to the traumatic and high-stress nature of the incident, which led to a shootout between the suspect and law enforcement.
The gunman, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, was shot and killed by an officer with the Houston Police Department and an officer with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The HPD officer involved in the shooting, as well as responding officers, will have access to peer support teams from both departments and unions. They will also receive any necessary psychological treatment.
The Houston Police Officers’ Union has reached out to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to offer mental health resources to their officer involved in the shooting. It is crucial that all officers involved in traumatic situations like this receive support and care during this time. Providing mental health resources and support for law enforcement officers is just as important as their physical safety.
Both officers involved in the Lakewood Church shooting have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is ongoing. This step ensures that they receive the support and care they need during this difficult time. Law enforcement leaders must prioritize the mental health and well-being of their officers just as much as their physical safety.