It is no secret that the demands and role of law enforcement officers is unlike any other occupation. The distinct nature of the job often extends to their spouses and families, affecting many aspects of their lives, both positively and negatively. Upon seeking advice, support, and information, there was a notable absence of a reliable network or resources directly accessible to families, until now. LAS4D Spouses Supporting Spouses is a community of wives, husbands, domestic partners, widows, and widowers of active, retired, and fallen sworn Department members.
We are the first spouse support group created to provide peer support and work with the various resources the Sheriff’s Department has to offer. Our goal is to build strong connections through support and mentorships, and by sharing resources with those who relate to living the unique lifestyle of a law enforcement family.
LAS4D is not directly affiliate with LASD, but will facilitate a variety of services including mentorships designed to help navigate the various stages of employment through retirement and life events that newer spouses may find valuable, information on relevant documents and policies, emotional and psychological resources, presentations and discussions, a book club, and other outside events.
The group will host guest speakers and discussions led by professionals who will include topics, concerns, and questions raised by group members as well as address issues commonly encountered by law enforcement families. For now, meetings and social events will be conducted via online platforms. As Covid-19 related restrictions are lifted, and once it is safe, the group is set to expand its scope and hold face to face meetings and in-person, family-centered events in an effort to further strengthen the sense of community. We hope to provide an inclusive space in which mutual support can be provided through the exchange of experiences and information, and where meaningful relationships can be built.
For privacy purposes, members must be married to, or a domestic partner of, a sworn Department member. For those interested in joining or for more information, please contact LAS4D at LASDspouses@gmail.com