I finally got into the members only part of CPSA and saw your topic. The very short answer is yes. Currently, there is no protection for peer supporters to talk to peers under the law. However, in the numerous years peer support has been ongoing there has never been a time where lawyers or adminstrators have forced the issues as far as I know. Anybody else have anything different?
One on ones, defusings, and debriefings are not tactical in nature and no notes are taken. If ever asked, emotional support was provided; period. Prior to even answering the question (though is should not ever come) would be to asked the admistrator if they had discussed the question with their chief or sheriff and were they sure they wanted to potentially destroy the peer support program by destroying the confidential nature of the defusing or debriefing, just to get their answer.
As a Lieutenant, if I was doing an IA on the officer, I could find other ways to obtain the same information that would be more benificial to the Internal Investigation anyway.
Good question though as it always comes up in the basic peer support class...it just doesn't happen.
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