Piscataway, NJ—On May 15, 2013, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–University Behavioral HealthCare’s Cop2Cop helpline recently hosted “Cop2Cop at Its Best,” an event that brought together mental health clinicians and Cop2Cop peer counselors to discuss the importance of reciprocal peer support in the law enforcement community.
Since its inception in 2000, the helpline (1-866-COP-2COP) has exceeded 31,000 calls and averted 189 suicides.
At the event, Cop2Cop recognized James Nestor, Office of Employee and Organizational Development, New Jersey State Police, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service and commitment to Cop2Cop. Peer Counselor Curtis Murray also was honored for his service on the helpline.
Cop2Cop is a toll-free, 24/7 peer helpline (1-866-COP-2COP) that serves more than 50,000 New Jersey law enforcement professionals and their families—the first service of its kind in the country. Managed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–University Behavioral HealthCare in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Cop2Cop is the country’s only legislated, statewide police crisis intervention helpline and is the only certified police helpline accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. The Cop2Cop helpline provides peer and clinical support services, clinical assessments, referrals and critical incident stress management to law enforcement officers and their families. It also provides outreach and access for law enforcement departments throughout the State. As its reputation has grown, so has the number of local and regional law enforcement agencies that have received various types of assistance from Cop2Cop. Cop2Cop is a certified trainer of the best practice gatekeeper model—Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)—for law enforcement and has provided that training to more than 4,000 officers to date.