ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – All Illinois officers will now have to take PTSD training after a bill introduced earlier this year by state representative John Cabello is approved by Governor Bruce Rauner.
Following the bill signing on Friday, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara names this week Officer Greg Lindmark Memorial Law Week. The legislation by Cabello is in honor of former Rockford Police Officer Greg Lindmark who took his own life two years ago. In it the bill requires PTSD training for officers to help them cope with the stress of the job.
“PTSD and trauma and stress, accumulated stress with officers is real. The suicide rate is real and we need to stop it. This law will help that and thank you to all of you for recognizing us,“ says President of the Greg Lindmark Foundation, Brad Lindmark.
“They saw this was needed. They saw there was a 67% increase with CPD last year. They see the need,” says John Cabello (R) 68th District.
The law also requires Illinois Police Academies to provide probationary officers with post-traumatic stress training.