About this project
THE PLEDGES KEEP COMING IN AND FOR THAT WE THANK YOU! WE CAN USE EVERY PLEDGE MADE IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS FILM THE BEST IT COULD POSSIBLY BE.
This powerful documentary will explore the darker side of law enforcement as it tells the stories of police officers and their families who are now suffering the mental anguish of the careers they chose, which has led some to suicide.
The number one killer of police officers is Suicide.
Do you really know what it is like to be a police officer? Do you have any clue the amount of highly stressful situations they may come up against on a daily basis or the horrifying situations they are called to? Imagine....
You’re a police officer. You dedicate your life to fighting crime, fighting the war on drugs, putting the bad guys away, while trying to keep society safe. You wear your uniform and your badge proudly.
After several years on the job you see the worst that the human race has to offer. Your skin thickens and you become desensitized. You witness things that no human being should ever witness. Disconnecting from your feelings is the only way to protect yourself.
Your job eats away at your soul........The days grow darker...... You are dealing with job related PTSD and you don't even know it.
Your family and friends watch as you fade away. The nightmares are endless. You think back to the beginning, when you were told that you would be putting your life on the line. They said there was a possibility that you could get killed.
As you slowly pick up the gun to your head, did you ever once think that this is what they meant?
BECOME A BACKER - HELP SAVE LIVES
YOU CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE BY BACKING THIS FILM. This film's intent is to help raise public awareness to the tragedy that is occuring but it's main purpose is to reach out to those officers and their families who are suffering in silence. We want them to know that they are not ALONE and that there is HELP for them. We want the Departments to know that they need to start training these officers so that they never have to reach the POINT OF NO RETURN.
We need to to raise funds to keep moving forward in order to complete the film. As you may or may not know, we will not receive any of the money raised if we do not meet our goal of $25,000 (don't worry you will only be charged if we reach our goal). BUT WE NEED MORE THAN $25,000 IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE DOCUMENTARY. WE CAN SURPASS OUR FINANCIAL GOAL! Our goal is to have this film aired in theatres/television in order to raise public awareness and reach the officers and family members who need help. We would also like to see this film used as a training tool. This film needs to have a powerful voice in order to help these officers and demand that there be change within the departments. This change must include proper training starting in the academy and continue that training throughout their careers so that officers and their families know what to expect and what to do in order to get help. This should include a mental health check up once a year.
So PLEASE if you see that we are close or have reached our goal please know that WE CAN CONTINUE TO RAISE FUNDS AND SURPASS OUR GOAL. SURPASSING OUR GOAL WILL BRING US CLOSER TO OR ENSURE COMPLETION OF THE FILM.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!
We have interviewed and wish to continue interviewing police officers and their families from several states (California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,South Carolina...etc) in order to show the magnitude of this problem and how each state is dealing with the issues. We also have several interviews waiting to be conducted in Canada.
Backers money will be used for:
- Equipment Rentals (cameras, microphones, lighting etc...)
- Production Crew including Director of Photography
- To continue conducting interviews, which includes travel,lodging and rental of interview locations.
- For Editing costs (so that we may continue editing while we shoot), which includes hiring an editor and renting an editing studio.
- Costs for Music Rights
- Costs for Stock Footage
We can be contacted with any questions at Doccode9@aol.com
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Please visit the following links for important information on how to take charge or your mental well being:
The Badge of Life mission is to increase awareness of police stress, trauma and suicide issues and reduce them by providing training and educational programs that enhance the emotional well-being of police officers in the United States and Canada. We promote programs to protect and assist survivors of law enforcement suicide and honor all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. BOL honors and supports the forgotten police retirees who carry the burden of emotional scars of their careers.
The California Peer Support Association (CPSA), a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.
A division of The David Lynch Foundation who is committed to providing the “best in class” meditation-based therapies to veterans,military personnel, first responders and their families.
A personal note: My husband is a retired officer suffering with PTSD and Transcendental Meditation has helped both of us tremendously. We highly recommend it.
TM Teachers can be assigned for training to all inquires throughout the country.
Please contact: Austin Ayer at 212 644 firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you are inquiring about THE CODE 9 EFFORTS
"Our mission of “Saving the Lives of the People Who Save Lives”
extends from our "Armor Your Self™" training seminar to the Information,
strategies and tools available on our website to help cops plan for happy,
healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives. The Armor Your Self™
on-site training program is an eight hour hands on "How to" seminar that helps
police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We also teach how to Armor
Your Agency™ against the stresses and traumas inherent in careers in law
SAFE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP IS HERE!
A simple and confidential 24 hour crisis referral resource for local, state, and federal public safety agency employees all first responders, emergency services personnel and their families nationwide
Saving the lives of those who protect us" Troubled Police, Firefighters, Corrections Officers and Their Families Have a Place They Can Call To Get HELP.
The West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR) The WCPR is a part of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN), a non-profit organization with skilled and experienced clinical and peer staff trained in trauma recovery. Their goal is to help emergency service professionals and retirees regain control over their lives and either return to work with a new perspective on stress and coping or move on with their lives. The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders (firefighters, police, paramedic), recognize the signs and symptoms of stress including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others.
RESPONDER LIFE: A Christian Based Organization www.responderlife.com
Responder Life was formed to support and strengthen the Families of all First Responders, including Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Medical Professionals, 911 Dispatchers, and other responders serving in City, County, State and Federal Agencies.
We would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their support and efforts to help us complete this film.
THE BADGE OF LIFE - An amazing organization comprised of a group of active and retired police officers, medical professionals and surviving families of suicides. The Badge of Life's Emotional Self-Care (EST) training is a vital tool to ensure a healthy mental state for all officers.
THE CALIFORNIA PEER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION - The California Peer Support Association (CPSA), a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.
THE BADGE OF LIFE CANADA - Badge of Life Canada is partnered with the Badge of Life in the United States and is dedicated to educating police officers and the public about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the prevention of police officer suicide
OPERATION WARRIOR WELLNESS - Operation Warrior Wellness and THE DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION are committed to providing the “best in class” meditation-based therapies to veterans and military personnel and their families. OPERATION WARRIOR WELLNESS are also on board to help us reach out to the law enforcement community. My husband and I highly recommend this.
There is strength in numbers and together we CAN and WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Won't you join us?
Thank you for your support
Deborah Louise Ortiz and Lisa Edwards
If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing on a larger scale or has any questions you need answered please contact us as Doccode9@aol.com
Music used in the trailer is by the beautiful and talented ATHENA REICH
Editing for trailer by DANIEL KIM
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