The Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance is a group of retired and active New York police officers dedicated to giving confidential support to cops struggling with stress, “changing the culture of isolationism and avoidance of police officers seeking help.” Since the protests following the death of Freddie Gray, POPPA has turned its attention to Baltimore.
The New York Post reports that 10 POPPA volunteers came to Baltimore the weekend of May 15. Four others were in Baltimore all last week. The group offered Baltimore officers one-on-one counseling and taught them how to spot signs of stress and how best to handle it.
POPPA claims mental health professionals have credited the group with preventing 150 suicides since its inception in 1996.