Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office launches ‘Health of the Force’ wellness program

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday a "Health of the Force" initiative to assist in both the physical and mental well-being of its deputies.

Here's the full news release announcing the program, from Sgt. Jayson Janes:

In 2019, 228 law enforcement officers in the United States took their own lives.  The profession of law enforcement is, per the metrics, one of the most potentially dangerous and traumatizing careers in the country.

"The law enforcement profession is stressful on our deputy sheriffs, and their families. I work with great teammates. We want to do all we can to improve and take care of them and their families in order to ensure successful careers in providing excellent public safety and customer service.  This enhanced Health of the Force program will provide additional tools and resources for deputies to care for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being." Sheriff L. Shane Nelson