Critical Incident Response & Peer Support Team
C.H.A.P.P.s Mission Statement
The mission of the C.H.A.P.P.s Program is first and foremost the
supplying of support to the employees of the Oklahoma City Police
Department and their family members during and following a time of
crisis within their lives. We respond to critical incidents which are
incidents that are so powerful that they overwhelm the person's
emotional coping mechanisms.
It isn't the event which is
significant, rather, it's the meaning which
Incidents for Response
Initially, when we began the C.H.A.P.P.s Program in 1983, we primarily responded to Officer involved shooting situations. We wanted to address the problem of post-shooting trauma for Officers. This we did by providing a peer who could provide support. We began to realize that there are a whole host of incidents that are powerful enough to overwhelm our normal coping skills; and we began expanding our thinking as to the type of incident to which we needed to respond. Currently, we use the following list as a general guide to when a response is necessary. It is important to note that we do not limit ourselves to these incidents. If we are needed or if we are requested on an incident that is not listed, then we will respond to it as well. This list is not ranked by order of importance.