TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The 2nd annual National Law Enforcement Survival Summit is underway at the Terre Haute Convention Center.
The four-day summit draws law enforcement from across the country to hear various speakers and gain physical, emotional and the mental resources that they need to perform their duties.
Surviving a police career has never been more challenging, officials with the summit prioritize the mental aspects of the summit as the job is becoming more mentally taxing on officers.
Project Never Broken Founder Shelley Klingerman was one of the leading figures in bringing this big event to Terre Haute. Klingerman is the sister of fallen FBI and Terre Haute Police Officer Greg Ferency.
The mission of Project Never Broken is to support law enforcement through hope, help and healing while honoring the resiliency of humanity. This mission falls right in line with the goal of this summit.
“This community has experienced a lot of loss in the line of duty,” Klingerman explained. “When you expect these men and women to continue to go out and protect our streets, we need to support them in doing so.”
The Wounded Blue, Peacemaker Project 703 and Project Never Broken are the three groups that worked together to bring this event to Terre Haute.
The Wounded Blue Founder and Retired Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Randy Sutton said that the goal of the group is to help wounded and disabled officers.
Sutton explained that this summit provides a very unique training to officers by combining every aspect of surviving the law enforcement career including the physical, emotional and tactical aspects of the job.
Specifically, Sutton mentioned that the mental hurdles that officers face now are much different than before.
“Much of the damage that has been done to law enforcement in the last few years is to their psyche,” Sutton stated. “To their emotional well-being and their mental health.”
Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen said that several of his officers will be attending the summit at the convention center. He said that it’s a goal of his to provide officers with the mental health resources that they need.
“It’s our job to take care of the community, but we can’t do that if we don’t take care of ourselves,” Keen said. “My job is to make sure that the officers get what they need.”
The last day of the Survival Summit will be October 14.