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How do local law enforcement agencies deal with PTSD

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MERRILL, Wis. (WAOW)-- As local law enforcement agencies continue to be prepared for any traumatic situations, it's important to have the right steps in place to deal with the effects.

On average 80% of law enforcement or first responders deal with some type of traumatic event, while 1 out of every 3 are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lieutenant Grant Peterson, of the Lincoln County Sheriff's office says understanding the best way for each individual to recover and working together is vital.

"It's not always easy as an officer to go and talk to people, but it is quite easy for us to talk with those of us who are familiar with these situations and have been through these situation." said Peterson.

More common symptom's include chronic pain and problems sleeping.

For more severe cases the Lincoln County Sheriffs office offers counseling and treatment for PTSD.

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