SHELTON, Wash. - On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, spear-headed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, hosted a Law Enforcement suicide prevention course entitled “Protecting & Serving Our Own: Reducing Police Suicide & Building Resiliency”.
Over 75 attendees from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Washington and Oregon listened to the speaker/trainer Robert Douglas, who is a leading expert in the area of police suicide according to Dateline, CNN, Time Magazine, and the USA Today. Robert Douglas is also the author of 4 books: “Death with No Valor”, “Hope Beyond the Badge”, “Healing for a Hero’s Heart”, and soon to be published, “The Art of Being You”.
Robert Douglas served as a U.S. Marine, is a 25 year Police Officer veteran serving in 2 different Police agencies, has served 24 years as a Pastor and has served several Law Enforcement agencies as a Police Chaplain.
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Suicide Liaison Julie Zielinski, former competition body builder and mother of Chelan Deputy Sheriff Matt Zielinski, also provided a moving personal testimony about how her son, a Deputy Sheriff and US Marine combat veteran, committed suicide while employed as a Deputy.
A very little known fact is that it is estimated that there are as many or more Law Enforcement Officers who commit suicide as there are Officers who are feloniously or accidentally killed in the line of duty. A US Department of Defense report that was released last month stated that the numbers of military committing suicide has now surpassed all of those killed in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Throughout the day, Robert Douglas provided information to help slow down and possibly stop this epidemic of the suicide or our Law Enforcement personnel.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury publicly thanked the Little Creek Casino for graciously providing the meeting room as well as coffee, tea and water; the Shelton Wal-Mart and the Shelton Safeway stores for providing donuts; and the Shelton Fred Meyer store for providing muffins and fruit.
Group Photo below: Left to Right: Mason County Sheriff’s Chaplain George Albertson, Mike Douglas (son of Robert), Robert Douglas, Julie Zielinski, and Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury.
Photo below of Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury giving Robert Douglas a Mason County Sheriff’s Office Challenge coin, thanking him for his presentation
Photo below of Robert Douglas presenting his suicide prevention program
Photo below of Julie Zielinski presenting her testimony about the suicide of her Deputy Sheriff son