National Law Enforcement Museum to Host Program on Officer Trauma and Post-Traumatic stress

Program series, Trauma and 9/11: Facing Challenges Together, to be held November 15 – 17.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 27, 2021) – The National Law Enforcement Museum (NLEM) will host a free, two-part virtual program titled “Trauma and 9/11: Facing Challenges Together,” to explore the ways officer trauma is viewed, after the 9/11 attacks exposed a new level of post-traumatic stress in law enforcement. The first part of this event, a 3-part interview series, will be held November 15-17, and the second part, an in-depth panel discussion of experts, on November 18. Each will be held via Livestream on Facebook and YouTube, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

While societal perspectives of post-traumatic stress have changed over the last few years, stigmas remain, particularly in law enforcement. By focusing on a large-scale, shared event –such as the 9/11 attacks – this event endeavors to open the door to better understanding the nature of trauma in the ongoing work of law enforcement.

“In light of recent events, this program is essential in taking steps to understand what our law enforcement goes through, and how they learn to cope,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are honored to share this discussion with you in order to shed light on this critical topic, while continuing our mission to tell the story of American law enforcement.”

Central Square Technologies and Caron Treatment Centers are both sponsoring the event. Caron has had a leading role in the creation of the event, leveraging its experience specifically in law enforcement post-traumatic stress injury.

“We are proud to partner with Caron and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to address mental health and speak to our shared experiences so we can all better understand the nature of trauma in law enforcement’s ongoing work,” said Central Square Technologies CEO Dave Zolet. “Law enforcement officers are our first line of defense in times of crisis, and it’s critical that they have the resources and support they need to keep themselves healthy so that they can effectively keep their communities safe.”

Part I, subtitled HOPE, will be presented as a series of 3 one-on-one interviews the evenings of November 15 – 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Each will focus on hope amidst the trauma of 9/11, including responses to PTSI that have the demonstrated potential, moments of communities pulling together for support, and stories about community organizations supporting those affected by trauma and loss.

Part II, subtitled TOGETHER, will be an open panel conversation on Thursday, November 18, at 8 p.m. ET. This discussion will focus specifically on trauma grounded in the 9/11 experience, with therapist-driven opportunities to hear stories from NYC and the Pentagon, as well as life since and steps taken for self-care of mental health. Panelists will include first-responders and health professionals.

To register for Part I, visit

To register for Part II, visit

For additional information, please contact Colby Jordan at 601-664-2010.


About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum ( at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

Colby Jordan
(601) 664-2010