Keeping The Peace (Educational Film)

By Jim Ellis

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A little bit of context

Out on the streets, police officers are given the task to uphold the laws and keep the peace. No matter your impression of officers, these are human beings who need to be in sound mind, steady emotion and physical balance. We need them to be at their best. We have 2 months left of fundraising to reach our goal, and to ensure wellness and peace for all the peacekeepers.

But there’s a problem

  • "More than any other occupation, law enforcement is an emotionally and physically dangerous job. Police officers continuously face the effects of murder, violence, rape, child abuse, accidents and disasters. Long hours, rotating shifts and constant exposure to tragedy exacts a heavy toll on police officers and their families.”
    ~ Researcher and therapist Beverly J. Anderson
  • According to Officer.com, there are an estimated 150,000 officers who have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI). Recent research indicates that 1/3 of active-duty and retired officers suffer from post-traumatic stress, with some unaware of this condition.
  • The Badge of Life Organization states law enforcement officers are 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. WIth over 100 suicides per year - the #1 one killer of police officers is ... law enforcement suicide.
  • The rise of social media has helped to sensationalize the more unfavorable views of police officers, bringing more negativity and therefore more stress to those in the field.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

  • We are creating a 30-minute educational training film that brings awareness to the stresses and traumas experienced by officers and law enforcement personnel while on duty in order to empower them to normalize their emotional and mental responses and to take action in alleviating, diffusing and treating the symptoms of trauma.
  • In May 2019 during National Police Week, police departments all over the country will be receiving a gift of this educational film along with a care package and study guide.
  • The purpose is for these officers to receive the clear message that they do have options in dealing with the stresses, and they can retain wellness in all areas of their lives.
  • The purpose is to make sure we give retiring officers back to their families as healthy citizens: emotionally, mentally, spiritually.
  • As the documentary - filmed in San Diego but shared with police departments nationwide - makes its rounds, we will see a cultural shift, as officers are seen as humans needing the same sort of support we all need. The shift will improve relations between the public and law enforcement, something greatly needed today.
  • A larger purpose will be the change of a culture, where officers know it's safe to receive the support they desperately need but may not feel free to ask for.
  • The largest purpose is the vision of peace officers who truly keep the peace, for themselves, our neighborhoods, and our society.
  • This documentary will have the same sort of long-lasting impact that Legacy Productions' previous documentary "Indoctrinated" has had. See that documentary HERE: https://youtu.be/uBqm4VLogxY
  • We've already made contact with the San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan who is fully behind this project. We've identified a list of 100 contacts, local San Diego police stations and three counseling centers. We've already conducted over 30 interviews, including all the Chiefs of Police in San Diego County. See endorsements HERE: http://legacyproductions.org/keeping-the-peace-for-the-peace-keepers/
  • A powerful promotional piece reveals some of the harsh experiences offices and chiefs have while on duty. See it HERE: https://youtu.be/ZOoY0CAvlBY
  • With editing in the final stages, now we simply need the funding for post-production and costs to disseminate throughout the country during "National Police Week" in May 2019.

You can join us

We are raising a total of $17,000 to cover costs of equipment, preproduction research, the production of filming the footage, and the post-production of editing, adding music, titles, producing a special event in San Diego in May 2019 and disseminating the film where it can be of best use.


And What's In It For You?

  • Living in a society in which those who are tasked with keeping the peace are clearly given the support to maintain their own inner peace.
  • Better relations in your neighborhood between police and the public.
  • As VALUED SUPPORTER: For those donating $100 or over, a social media public mention of appreciation for you and your business. Note on the film's website.
  • As CHIEF AMBASSADOR: For those donating $500 or over, a title credit at the end of the film, along with contact information and website if desired.
  • As CHAMPION OF THE FORCE: For those donating $1,000 or over, a title credit and logo at the end of the film, contact information and website if desired, plus a DVD copy of the film that could be gifted to your own local police department.
  • As LEGACY PARTNER: For those donating $5,000 or over, all the above, plus an acknowledgment at the top of the film with a title screen notation: “Funding for this Project was Generously Provided By …”

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Team Members

Jim Ellis

Andy Resnik (Marketing/Fundraising)

Dan Willis (Retired Police Captain)

Dr. Sara Gilman

Sgt Katy Lynch (La Mesa PD)

Victor Resendez (Retired special agent, DOJ)

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