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State AG advocates confidential hotline for law enforcement

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Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna is advocating a confidential service that helps law enforcement solve personal problems, addictions and other issues.

Safe Call Now is a confidential hotline that police, firefighters, and other public safety officers can call 24 hours a day. Law enforcement officers are expected to protect the communities they serve. But through witnessing tragedy on the job, they can experience vicarious trauma.

It is a non-governmental organization that offer referrals for treatment. It is run by volunteers who have served their own communities

Monday, McKenna presented new legislation providing help for public safety workers in crisis. The Verizon Foundation and Verizon Wireless also presented a $25,000 contribution to the organization.

1,900 referrals have been made through the hotline since 2009.

A representative from the Attorney General's Office says, officers are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty.

To call the Safe Call Now hotline (206) 459-3620 or
to go online http://safecallnow.org/

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