In the wake of the Lakewood Church shooting, where a gunman opened fire in the church’s lobby, leading to a shootout between the suspect and law enforcement, Houston Police Department (HPD) leaders are taking proactive steps to provide mental health care for their officers. The suspect, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, was shot and killed by an HPD officer and a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) officer during the incident.
The HPD Officers’ Union has stated that both officers involved in the shooting will have access to peer support teams from the department and union. They will also receive any necessary psychological treatment. The union has reached out to TABC to offer mental health resources to their officer involved in the shooting as well.
It is crucial that officers involved in traumatic and high-stress situations like this receive support and care for their mental well-being. Providing resources and care for their mental health is just as important as ensuring their physical safety. By taking these steps, HPD leaders are prioritizing the overall well-being of their officers and demonstrating their commitment to supporting them through difficult times.