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(NECN) - A conference in Lowell, Mass. attracted corrections officials from all over the country.
The focus was on the little-understood health issues of corrections officers who are under daily pressures of working with potentially violent criminals.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Somerville, Mass. Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral join Broadside to discuss the issues.
"One thing is, is that many studies have shown that they have a 40 percent higher rate of suicide than other law enforcement. They have higher rates of PTSD than returning war, people coming from an active war theater, but I think the main thing is ... is people don't understand what corrections officers do," Koutoujian. "They're protecting us, as people are watching this broadcast right at this moment or any moment they're watching it, there are people from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office and sheriff's offices across the state, across this country that are protecting them and no one knows and no one says thank you, and they don't understand what they go through every day."
Watch the attached video for the complete discussion.