76: Mental Health and Law Enforcement with Officer Mitch Brouillette

In this episode, Officer Mitch Brouillette returns to the Therapists Uncut Podcast to talk about the various ways issues and topics of mental health have shown up in his 20-year career in law enforcement. The TU Crew covers trends and opportunities in mental health crisis response, the industry shifts and increased awareness of law enforcement mental health, and the professional and peer support available to support mental health and wellness.

 “Officer Mitch,” as he was dubbed during his time as a School Resource Officer (listen to episode 73), has experience as a patrol deputy, detective working in crimes against children, school resource officer, member of the SWAT team, and now a patrol supervisor.


Interview with Officer Mitch Brouillette

Mitch is an active veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Mitch is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and graduated from the Stanislaus County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center. He has worked patrol, investigations (Special Victims / Crimes against children Detective), school resource officer and currently is serving as a patrol Sergeant.

Mitch is an active SWAT Team (15 years) member. His current role is team leader. He has held many different roles as a SWAT Team operator to include; Sniper/ Sniper Team leader, breacher, NFDD (flash bang) and chemical agents.

He is a Chemical Agent Instructor, NFDD (Flash bang) Instructor, ALICE Training Institute certified Active Shooter Response Instructor, Law Enforcement Active Shooter Instructor. Critical Incident response Instructor for CATO (California Association of Tactical Officers).

Mitch is a graduate of CATO’s (California Association of Tactical Officers) Strategic Leadership Program. He is currently part of the CATO training cadre and serves as CATO’s Vendor Coordinator for the CATO conference. He also holds certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor.


In this episode we talk about:

  • Mental health crisis response
  • Opportunities to improve mental health crisis response
  • Resources available to support Law Enforcement mental health and wellness
    • Peer Supports
    • De-briefs
    • Specialized training
    • Onsite mental health supports
    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Trauma Intervention
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Resources mentioned:

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