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Georgia police department opens a 'wellness room' for officers to relax and decompress

Sgt. Ray Figueroa of the Marietta Police Department in metro Atlanta sits in the agency's new wellness room, which some officers have dubbed “Zen den”. Departments across the country are placing more emphasis on officers' mental health and resiliency. (Katja Ridderbusch)
Sgt. Ray Figueroa of the Marietta Police Department in metro Atlanta sits in the agency's new wellness room, which some officers have dubbed “Zen den”. Departments across the country are placing more emphasis on officers' mental health and resiliency. (Katja Ridderbusch)

Policing can be a stressful job. And when officers are stressed, an event can spiral out of control into violence in seconds. In Marietta, Georgia, the police department has made mental health a priority and has created a wellness room for officers to relax.

Katja Ridderbusch reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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