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The Pain Behind the Badge: Winning the Battle

  • April 01, 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • April 02, 2019
  • 3:30 PM
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420
  • 309


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Class Title:

The Pain Behind the Badge
Winning the Battle

Target Audience:

This class is for first responders, police personnel, fire personnel, hospital personnel, military personnel, civilian employees and spouses.

Sponsoring Agency:

Coos Bay Police, DPSST, OPOA, CIS and SWOCC

Date and Time:

April 1 OR April 2, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Free - Registration is Required

Training Location:

Southwestern Oregon Community College (In the Hales Performing Arts Center)

1988 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420


Clarke Paris retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. at the rank of Sergeant after 27 years of service. He is devoting his retirement to educating law enforcement, first responders and military members on dealing with PTSD and suicide.  During his time with LVMPD he worked in undercover assignments, as a training officer & sergeant, and a traffic enforcement officer & sergeant. In addition, he has worked as the sergeant in charge of special events and supervised a squad of bicycle officers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Clarke founded the non-profit organization Cops Racing Against Violence through Education (CRAVE), which with support from LVMPD employees was able to fund four full scholarships to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (for a total of 16 years of higher education). In 2000 Clarke authored a book, and in March 2007 began work on the documentary film The Pain Behind The Badge. Fourteen months later, the film was completed.

Tracie Paris has been a Registered Nurse for the past 29 years.  She has worked as a Trauma/ER Nurse, Outpatient Surgery Nurse and Charge Nurse. In 2006 she was honored as ‘Nurse of the Year’. Clarke and Tracie have traveled the nation presenting The Pain Behind The Badge to thousands of police officers, military personnel, and their spouses. Clarke and Tracie were involved in recovery and training of personnel assigned to VA Tech PD after the 33 student massacre as well as Lakewood Police Department Personnel after that agency’s four officers were murdered as they sat in a coffee shop in November, 2009.

Brief Overview:

Failing to prepare is preparing for failure and if we train our personnel for these incidents but do not train for the aftermath...we are preparing for failure.

  • Terrorist Attacks
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
  • Active Shooters
  • Teen Violence/School Violence
  • Every violent act that creates a victim or violent situation
  • Stress: Personal and Professional

This powerful and motivating presentation is a very effective tool used to help first responders, police personnel, fire personnel, hospital personnel, military personnel, civilian employees and spouses deal with tragedies commonly referred to as 'Critical Incidents'. It is even more effective in helping the same personnel deal with every day stressors associated with their chosen careers that can and often do result in career-ending actions such as PTSE, depression, cumulative stress, domestic violence, failed relationships, alcoholism, substance abuse and even suicide. 


 DPSST Training Category: Mental Health

Contact Information:

Alicia Davis at (970) 412-4544 or training4@opoa.info.


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