When an employee is about to make a mistake or use excessive force, fellow employees have a legal and ethical duty to intervene. By stepping up before harm is done, they can protect the lives and careers of fellow officers and the reputation of their agency. Similarly, when someone sees a fellow employee who is showing the strain of this stressful work, skillful intervention can prevent the person from a dangerous road that can lead to severe emotional and physical harm, up to and including suicide.
Corrections officers and staff face serious, acute and chronic stressors. These stressors affect their performance and their personal wellness. Stressors, whether acute, chronic, or both cause a variety of bad outcomes, including mistakes, misconduct, unhealthy coping behaviors and suicide. Heroes expertise and experience in correctional settings uniquely situates our program to build on your existing wellness resources and elevate the proactive approach needed for employee wellness through the power of active bystandership.
Officer & Employee Safety
Correctional settings without active bystandership are at increased risk for tragedy, including the safety and integrity of officers, deputies, leadership, and staff. Safety of staff is paramount in correctional settings. Yet, the continued realities of workplace injury, assault, exposure to infectious disease, as well as the risk of misconduct, are all direct threats to everyone. The vast majority of tragic incidents in corrections were observed by bystanders, including fellow officers and staff. Active bystandership is a skill that can be learned. Heroes has the expertise, training, and implementation support proven to be well received by police departments all over the country, and is now redesigned specifically for correctional settings.
Inmate & Community Safety
Heroes acknowledges the important role correctional facilities play in their community. The critical role of correctional officers and staff is to maintain control and safety within the facility. This mission not only ensures that staff go home to their families, but also that inmates safely complete their time and return to society ready to work, stay healthy, and engage with their families and communities. Active bystandership plays a key role in reducing mistakes and preventing misconduct that disrupts the safety of staff, the facility, and inmates.