Keeping The Peace (Documentary)

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.

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, 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.

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.
  • 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:
  • 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 within "peer support" departments, local San Diego police stations and three counseling centers. We've already conducted over 20 interviews, including six Chiefs of Police. See endorsements HERE: Now we simply need the funding.

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, 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.
  • For those donating $100 or over, a social media public mention of appreciation for you and your business.
  • For those donating $500 or over, a title credit at the end of the film, along with contact information and website if desired.
  • For those donating $1000 or over, a title credit plus a DVD copy of the film that could be gifted to your own local police department.

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Team Members

Jim Ellis

Andy Resnik (Marketing/Fundraising)

Dan Willis (Retired Police Captain)

Maxine Lynch (Past Peer Support President)

Sgt Katy Lynch (Pres. CA Peer Support Association)

Victor Resendez (Retired special agent, DOJ)