WESTFORD – The Westford Police Department announced new health and wellness initiatives to provide to residents in town.
Department celebrates donation of app
The Westford Police Department is celebrating a recent donation for a mental health and wellness app.
Police Chief Mark Chambers accepted a $10,500 donation from the See a New Sun Foundation. The donation will fund a one-year subscription of the Cordico Health and Wellness App for public safety departments in town.
The organization, based in Littleton, aims to prevent suicide through education and early intervention. The group also provides education on substance abuse.
The department has partnered with Westford Fire Department and the Westford Public Safety Communication Department for the project. Each department, their employees and their immediate family members will have access to the app.
The app provides early intervention, as well as resources and information for users. The company will host a demonstration of the app with public safety officials on May 3, according to Westford Police Department Capt. James Peloquin.
Department forms new wellness team
The department also announced the formation of a health and wellness team, aimed to further health and wellness initiatives within the department.
“We’ve had a number of officers signed up,” said Peloquin. “Eventually it will be ‘how to we incorporate this with the town’s health and wellness director.'”
He continued, “I think the big thing is just getting that initiated early intervention in officers hands.”
Peloquin noted that the team is in its early stages, with multiple officers volunteering within its first week.
“We have the vision to expand the initiatives beyond that [the app]. We’re still in the early stages,” he said.
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