Lebanon Police using App to Help Officers with Physical and Emotional Health


Dustin Grove

The Lebanon Police Department just deployed a new app for all 42 officers and civilian employees to make sure they’re not only physically well, but emotionally healthy, too.

The Lebanon Police Department Wellness App – powered by Cordico Shield – offers each officer, through his or her phone, 24/7 access to more than 40 modules on topics including alcohol abuse, depression, emotional health, family support, financial fitness, sleep optimization and stress management.

“It’s all right here on our phone, at our finger tips anytime we need it,” said Sgt. Justin Fuston.

Officers can perform anonymous self assessments, contact a fellow officer on the department’s peer support team, or search for a therapist in or around the community.

The non-profit group Blue Help recorded a record number of police officer suicides in 2019 across the country; more than the number of officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Major Tony Bayles said he learned of the app while at a police officer wellness conference earlier this year.

Money to pay for the app came from the police department’s wellness budget.

This article was originally published here.

About Dustin Grove

Dustin Grove joined 13 Eyewitness News in August, 2019 as an anchor and reporter, but he’s no stranger to Central Indiana. He grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Ball State’ College of Communication, Information and Media.

Grove is an award-winning journalist who’s spent nearly two decades in newsrooms across Indiana.

He began his career at WIBC-AM and Network Indiana News Service. He went on to anchor and report the news at WSBT-TV in South Bend and later at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. He also anchored the morning news at WLFI-TV; the CBS affiliate in West Lafayette.

During his career, Grove’s work has taken him around the country and the world. He’s twice been named “Indiana’s Best Reporter” by the Associated Press, was nominated for two Emmy awards and has also been honored for his investigative reporting as well.

Grove enjoys passing along what he has learned throughout his career to aspiring journalists. He has taught mass communication courses at Indiana University-South Bend and Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication.