What is Durham BTB?
Durham Beyond The Blue is a peer-led, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting families of law enforcement officers in Durham. We strive to promote an awareness of our officer's worth as well as an understanding of the joys and struggles that are uniquely experienced in life in law enforcement.
Spouses and children of law enforcement officers face a unique set of circumstances that lends itself to the need for education, emotional support, better awareness, training, and tools to enable families to thrive, not just survive.
Mental health resources and support systems for families are often not recognized by the existing benefit programs of police services, nor are there proactive programs that empowered families to identify signs of OSI, PTSD and other on the job stressors that can plague our community. Durham BTB with the endorsement of the Durham Regional Police will coordinate resources that aid in offering education, training & practical tools to law enforcement families and fostering a community of support for the enrichment of family life.
Durham BTB is a Chapter of Canada Beyond The Blue - all of which are run by volunteers who are family members of law enforcement officers/civilian members and this vested interest drives their passion and dedication.
About Beyond The Blue
The phrase “The Thin Blue Line” is synonymous with policing and law enforcement. It is the “Line” in “Line of Duty”, it represents what stands between society, order, peace and crime, anarchy, chaos. What stands beyond the thin blue line are the Spouses, Common-Law Partners, Significant Others, Children, Siblings, & Parents of our officers.
To offer a community of support to police families
To promote awareness of our officer’s worth as well as an understanding of the joys and struggles that are uniquely experienced in life in law enforcement
To coordinate resources, educational opportunities & training that will aid in offering training & practical tools to police spouses and families
To reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and mental injuries
To facilitate police families connecting on a social level to build friendships and supportive relationships
Our best tool for measuring our success will be as simple as the number of lives we are able to touch. This will be reflected in the size of our membership, the number of people attending scheduled meetings/events and the number of active members on social media sites.
Canada Beyond The Blue is working towards increasing the number of established Beyond The Blue Chapters across Canada. This will allow for greater support structures, collaboration and access to resources for police families in Canada.
Larger organizations have an inherent strength and advantage which can include a greater influence, stronger brand recognition, an economy of scale, greater human resources and more – all of which Canada Beyond The Blue and its Chapters will benefit from.