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How officer-involved shootings impact officers on-scene

Local - 1/16/2013 6:28 PM by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - With four officer-involved shootings across southern West Virginia in less than two weeks, state police explained to WOAY how the officers on-scene cope afterward.

The officers involved go on a paid administrative leave in order to cope, according to Corporal Jim Mitchell, academy staff wellness officer of the West Virginia State Police. Officers usually go through critical incident debriefings, where they have a guided discussion on what happened with Corporal Mitchell.

"We just want to make sure that during that time period, they make [the] adjustment that's needed because of this critical incident they've been through," said Corporal Mitchell.

The length of administrative leave is determined on a case-by-case basis.

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