Houston Police Department (HPD) officers and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) officers who were involved in the Lakewood Church shooting have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is ongoing. This comes after a gunman opened fire in the church’s lobby, leading to a shootout between the suspect and law enforcement. The suspect, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, was shot and killed by an officer with the HPD and an officer with the TABC.
The union representing HPD officers has stated that they will receive access to peer support teams from the department and union as well as any necessary psychological treatment. Additionally, they have reached out to the TABC to offer mental health resources to their officer involved in the shooting. It is crucial for law enforcement leaders to provide mental health care for those involved in traumatic and high-stress situations like this one.
It is essential to recognize that the mental health and well-being of officers are just as important as their physical safety. Law enforcement leaders must take steps to ensure that officers receive the support and care they need during times of trauma and stress. Providing resources and support for law enforcement officers can help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that can arise from their job.