CopShock: Second Edition
Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR

 Police Social Groups

One of the conditions that sets cops up for depression and other onerous stress reactions is isolation. Social groups help reduce the feeling of being alone or abandoned. The following is only a sample of police social groups on the Internet.


International Footprint Association (IFA)
The IFA was formed in 1929 to provide camaraderie and fun for people in law enforcement, as well as to encourage closer cooperation between police agencies. The Association promotes involvement in charitable activities such as helping children, sponsoring boys and girls clubs and awarding scholarships to young people interested in law enforcement.
   With over forty-one chapters and over 4,000 members, membership is not only for police officers, but also for citizens from every business and profession sympathetic to good law enforcement.
   Go to: Write: IFA, PO Box 1652, Walnut, CA 91788. Phone: 877-432-3668.


International Police Association (IPA)
With a membership of over 270,000 serving or retired police officers in more than fifty countries, the IPA offers activities for police families involving travel, hobbies, professional seminars, youth exchanges and sports events. Among countries represented are Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the U.S.
   For a complete listing of websites worldwide, go to: Their preferred method of contact is email at Write: International Police Association, International Administration Center, 1 Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6AJ England. Phone: +44 (0) 115 945 5985.


Thin Blue Line
This online haven is difficult to categorize. Not only is it a social, political and support resource, but it also offers information on PTSD and stress, issues in the courts, injured officers, Police Week, memorials and many other subjects.
   Go to:


Top Cops On The Internet
Visited by law officers, criminal justice professionals and civilians around the globe, this site offers an exchange of common interests through chat groups and links to many police, software and associated sites. Its electronic newsmagazine in seven languages provides news, views, jokes, heartwarming stories and reports about what it’s like being a cop.
   Go to: Contact Deborah Gulley, publisher and editor, at