White Plains officers increase awareness of PTSD
The White Plains Police Department is offering a new training program to its officers to help increase awareness and understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder.
"We wanted to make sure that every single member of this department are updated on what conditions veterans do sometimes face when they come back here," says White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong.
Officer David Garcia, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, says he knows people with PTSD and that the knowledge will be helpful as he serves his community.
Chong says the training was not prompted by the fatal police shooting of White Plains resident and Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain back in 2011. The 68-year-old was shot and killed after police say Chamberlain lunged at them with a knife when officers responded to his home. The response came after Chamberlain's medical alert device was accidentally activated. A grand jury cleared all of the officers involved of any wrongdoing.