DELAWARE STATE POLICE CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT TEAM
Sergeant Francis L. Fuscellaro II
The Delaware State Police Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team continues to provide services to law enforcement and emergency service personnel for both state and municipal agencies throughout the state of Delaware. The team continues to assist officers and other emergency service personnel with minimizing the harmful effects of job related stress, traumatic stress and personal stressors. The team is dedicated to maintaining strict confidentiality and to respect the thoughts and feelings of the individuals involved.
In 2012, the Delaware State Police CISM team leader was Sgt. Francis L Fuscellaro II assisted by, Mr. John Shoemaker, a supervisor with Kent County Communications. The team presently consists of 12 sworn and six civilian members who have received training endorsed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. In 2012, several team members attended the 11th ICISF World Congress Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, which afforded them the opportunity to net-work with other CISM Teams throughout the Nation and learn new techniques to assist them in performing CISM services.
During the year of 2012, the Delaware State Police CISM team responded to 32 incidents/responses, which included police shootings, military re-integration, fatal accidents, multiple young adults and teen suicides, as well as other traumatic events for law enforcement and emergency service personnel. The team responded to those incidents in an effort to provide support to the involved officers, co-workers and in some instances family members. The most significant accomplishment for the CISM Team was getting Legislation passed reference Confidential Communications involving first responders. This wouldn’t have occurred if it was not for all of the hard work and dedication put forth by Lt. Josh Bushweller.
The CISM team continues to work closely with Dr. Ellen Marshall and other police organizations for joint training opportunities. Dr. Marshall serves as a full time Criminal Justice professor at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown, Delaware and volunteers her time as the team’s Mental Health Coordinator. She continues to conduct one-on-one CISM sessions, as well as, the responses she does with the Team.
- Information obtained from 2012 DSP Annual Report -