Tactical health involves providing field-based clinical support to law enforcement operations during frontline crisis interventions and prehospital emergency care. Health professional skill can inform individual officers’ occupational health maintenance and help agents of the state navigate primary and secondary trauma and posttrauma experiences in field- and clinic-based settings. Tactical health expertise can also inform department- and agency-level policies, decisions, and responses to community health and safety threats. Ethical questions considered in this issue focus on the nature and scope of health professionals’ collaborations with law enforcement personnel during and following critical event preparation and responses.
Applying tactical clinical ethics in rescue efforts following disasters is often complicated by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive devices that can compromise safety of personnel in the field.
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Dr Amy Watson joins Ethics Talk to discuss how crisis intervention teams can motivate efficiency and equity in tactical responses to 911 calls and what community mental health intervention might look like when we think beyond the limits of law enforcement response.
Dr Mollie V. Willliams joins Ethics Talk to discuss her article, coauthored with Dr Olaitan Ajisafe: “How Should Exposure Risk to Tactical Personnel Be Balanced Against Clinical and Ethical Rescue Demand?”
Dr Frederic G. Reamer joins Ethics Talk to discuss his article: “Why Care-Based, Not Carceral, Approaches to Suspects With Mental Illness Is Key to Whether We Trust Professional or State Authority Ever Again”