What We Do

VALEAP is here to help. As an organization, VALEAP is not sponsored by any particular agency, but is supported by many. In most cases our staff volunteer their time, because they are dedicated to helping others. No one understands cops like other cops. We answer the call because we, too, know what it is like to face the many hazards of a life in law enforcement.

VALEAP’s team responds to events including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Law Enforcement-involved shootings
  • Law Enforcement Professional suicides
  • Line-of-duty deaths
  • Mass-casualty incident responses
  • Other types of critical incidents

VALEAP’s Post Critical Incident Seminar (PCIS) retreats are modeled after a highly effective, peer driven program developed by the FBI. The three-day retreats consist of conversations, workshops, therapy, and evening fellowship. To learn more about these events, click here. VALEAP has hosted 27 Virginia PCISs to date and have served over 1,070 law enforcement officers and other first responders from all over the commonwealth and around the country.

VALEAP is also building a network of trained peers to support individuals in their departments day-to-day, when incidents occur, and at PCIS retreats. You can learn more about Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training here.

VALEAP‘s Couple’s Enrichment Seminar offers an oceanfront weekend getaway for law enforcement officers and their spouses, partners, and significant others. This seminar helps to build communicative skills and foster a strong foundational understanding of how the nature of the career can affect marital life. To learn more about the CES, please contact our operational Director.