This book is a superb reference for law enforcement and their families, for those who would command, support and assist our law enforcement officers, and for our whole society in these times when the role of the law enforcement officer has become a matter of great public concern. I’m honored to know that my work could be of some assistance, in this worthy endeavor.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Director, Warrior Science Group
Member, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security
Member, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
Author, On Killing
In 2008, I was elected to sit on the Executive Board for the FBI National Academy Associates and I have spent the last seven years on that board which represents over 17,000 law enforcement members worldwide. Now, as I serve as the 2015-2016 President, I look back at how policing has changed during my tenure. The nation’s mood has shifted and in this current climate of police being vilified in the media and scrutinized nationally by politicians and special interest groups, I’m not sure that LEO’s have ever faced a more difficult time in our nation’s history. This has to change or we’re going to lose even more officers to drugs, alcohol or suicide because the job itself, as so skillfully presented by Solomon and McGill, is difficult enough when you have the support of the people – it is devastating when you don’t. It is my hope “The Price They Pay” will give everyone a deeper appreciation of that.To those whose stories are told on these pages, thank you for your courage to share. To Karen Solomon and James M. McGill, thank you for your desire to make “The Price They Pay” a reality in order to expose the truth and lastly, to you the reader, a special thanks for your willingness to learn about the men and women that sacrifice their lives to keep others safe. You all are difference-makers in my book.
Capt. Barry M. Thomas
Story County Sheriff’s Office (IA)
President, FBI National Academy Associates 2015-2016
Traumatic Stress within the policing environment is a real injury. Although there are no slings…crutches or bandages the consequences can be far reaching to the point where suicide may be the only option of consideration for the involved member. “The Price They Pay” is a unique blend of impactful short stories mixed with educational portions on what Post Traumatic Stress actually is and how it invades the very being of individual police officers during their careers. Left untreated it can lead to disastrous consequences for the member, their family and co-workers. We must remember that our police personnel are “Heroes in Life…Not Death.”
Sgt. Bill Rusk
Executive Director, Badge of Life – Canada.
Karen Solomon and Jeffrey McGill have effectively captured and shared the powerful stories of the emotional, psychological, physiological, relational, and spiritual consequences of a career in law enforcement in their book “The Price They Pay”. Our nation’s police officers are now confronted with an increase in some of the most challenging and potentially deadly situations and encounters in our history. It is imperative that all officers recognize and embrace the impact of their chosen profession so that they may strive to make better and more resilient choices to not only survive but thrive in their lives. The first and most courageous step often begins with asking for help and this book opens the door to expose the humanness in all of us.
Tina Jaeckle, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., B.C.E.T.S., F.N.C.C.M.
Crisis and Trauma Expert, Law Enforcement and First Responders
Associate Professor and Director, Criminology
Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Karen Solomon and Jeff McGill have spent hours of intimate, personal interviews with dozens of law enforcement officers and their loved ones discussing how the day in, day out grind of policing in the 21st century, unusual traumatic critical incidents and a dysfunctional police culture slowly erodes many innocent lives.As a thirty year veteran of this profession, I ask myself often, “When have we as a profession become expendable?” Karen and Jeff introduce you to a dark side of law enforcement that will offer a glimpse of the physical and psychological damage suffered by dedicated servants of the shining blue shield who protect our communities. Some stories have sad endings and others are unpredictably fluid as these PEOPLE attempt to rebuild shattered lives and move on in their lives. After you read this book, I hope you will advocate to your law enforcement leaders and elected officials of the serious need to invest in their law enforcement personnel’s well-being by providing a balanced program of emotional first aid through preventative training and recovery to a new sense of normal.
Police Sergeant Mark St. Hilaire
Metrowest area of Boston, Massachusetts
I enjoyed reading The Price They Pay because the authors told stories I could relate directly to my own career. I found myself replacing the names in the book with the names of people I knew who had been through nearly identical circumstances. I felt like I wasn’t alone. Even though we don’t discuss these feelings face to face, I know other cops carry a similar weight with them. I guess I had always known that. But, it’s nice to read and be reminded of it.Unfortunately, these are not atypical situations. They happen over and over again across the country. Officers are forced into early retirement due to duty related injury will have a difficult time transitioning to life without police work. They shouldn’t also be forced into financial ruin trying to obtain the benefits owed to them by a thankful community. These officers have been stripped of their careers trying to serve their communities. They shouldn’t also be stripped of their dignity. Please share this book with your law-makers, municipal administrators, law enforcement leaders, your new cops and old. This has gone on too long. Things need to change.Finally, thank you to the authors for putting their energy into this effort. Despite the occasional tears, The Price They Pay was a pleasure to read. But, more importantly, it’s a noble cause. We bear a responsibility to take care of the men and women in blue, brown, and gray who take care of us.”
Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison, WI
Traffic Team, Motor Unit, Honor Guard
Karen, touches on many subjects NOT discussed by most Law Enforcement agencies. Most of us in the Law Enforcement community, know what little support we get from the media. Law Enforcement is now in the cross hairs of many politicians. In addition, many LEOs do not receive the proper support from their own department or their community. We (LE) fight every day to protect the innocent and not so innocent. Karen’s book describes how many in the Law Enforcement community do not receive the protection they deserve. Karen’s dedication to the Law Enforcement community is refreshing! The material in this book would benefit current LEOs as well as new hires. I would like to thank Karen for her effort in addressing mental health and Law Enforcement!
Deputy Sheriff, 15 years
After serving 25 years in law enforcement in Canada, then suffering from PTSD and associated disorders, depression and addictions I was nearly dispatched to my grave. After three suicide attempts, my own arrests – incarceration, and five treatment programs, I had to travel through “Dantes Inferno” to come out the other side. The Price They Pay is a harsh reality check for any young aspiring Police Officer. Read it, Understand it, and be prepared to enter into psychological warfare. This study of true life stories combined with an educational contribution allows a new officer a peak into what life is “really” like “walking the thin blue line”. A must read!
Police Officer, 31 Years
Author: OUT ON A CLIFF
Peer Support & Program Director, Badge Of Life – Canada