The stress of being a police officer can take its toll on the officer and his or her family. But now a new program in Athens is hoping to lessen that burden.
It’s called ‘Behind The Badge,’ and the woman behind the idea also hopes to bridge the gap between the department and the community.
Being a police officer carries with it enormous risks, responsibility and stresses. Just ask any officer’s wife.
“A lot of officers try to shield their families from the things they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis,” said Angela Tucker.
Tucker came up with the idea for ‘Behind The Badge.’
“I just felt God putting it on my heart that we needed to start this group,” she said.
Tucker got more support than she anticipated from both her husband and the chief of police, who both thought it was a great idea.
“What it’s basically allowed us to do is organize an effort to respond in the community and not only help police officers, but to help other people in need if need be there,” said Chief Floyd Johnson.
“We want to be there for them in their physical needs as well as if they need somebody to talk to or just need to vent some frustration,” said Tucker.
Not only are those involved hoping to be their support system, they’re also hoping to extend that support to the community.
“We are going to be doing some fundraisers, be at special events, be reaching more out to the community through this organization,” said Chief Johnson.
The program started last month. Tucker is hoping to eventually start an emergency response protocol to help officers and the community if disaster strikes.