The storming of the U.S. Capitol is taking a serious toll on the undermanned police officers who were on the front lines … so their mental well-being is now a top priority.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … counseling services provided by the Capitol Police have been in high demand over the past week, as officers are reeling and grieving after the violence that took place on January 6.
As you understand, the riots resulted in 5 deaths … including Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was murdered by rioters, and officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide days later.
We’re told Capitol PD brass is periodically encouraging the rank and file to utilize their Employee Assistance Program … and welcoming administrative leave, if needed.
The program includes on-site, confidential counselors who can help employees cope with a wide range of issues. It’s been in place for decades, and was a huge help to officers after 9/11.
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