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Professor marks 20 years on LPD crisis team

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"It can be very stressful, it can be very traumatic, it can be very sad because the cops don't get called when everything's cool, and the cops don't call us when everything's happy," Andy Young said.

Young, a professor of psychology and counseling at LCU, lives a double life of sorts.

He teaches 4 classes, is a dad to 2 young children, and this month, he celebrates his 20th year with LPD, serving as coordinator for the Victim Services Crisis Intervention Team, founded in 2000.

"Looking back at the whole ride, I can't believe it's been 20 years. But also very grateful for it. It's been hard work, but enjoyable at the same time," Young said.


The original Victim Services Crisis Intervention Team

The team has now grown to 35 mental health professionals ready at a moment's notice to assist the police department.

"Many times we'll walk into a stranger's house and sit with them and talk with them, maybe help calm them down and try and help address the crisis at hand. Many times were on the scene for a number of hours. We may even end up at the emergency room if that's what the call entails," Young explained.

The badges that surround his office, come from police departments around the country he has been able to share his experience with.
He says, the team here, is leading the way for others, using civilians to diffuse chaotic situations.

Thankfully, in its 2 decades no one on the team has ever gotten hurt.

"To sit with somebody after, somebody in their family has died tragically. And to walk with them during those hard times... and to see how people are even able to grow after something traumatic,  it's pretty amazing," Young said.

And with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic? He says the long-term, high stress situations many have been put under, may cause more calls for the team to answer.

"If that this continues to be a chronic stressor for everybody, that we might get more calls for service. Especially for the people, the healthcare part of our society. I would expect them to need more support, or if it goes on for longer," Young said.

He says, he team is already preparing in case they are needed more.

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