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Counseling provided for Americus police officers

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Funeral preparations are being finalized for Jody Smith, the Georgia Southwestern Police officer killed last week in a shooting that also took the life of his best friend, Americus Officer Nick Smarr.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott says his department continues to focus on making sure the officers' families are taken care of.

According to Chief Scott, once this chaos wears off, that's when the officers will start to cope. The department has counselors available for officers right now, and will have more counseling on site throughout the week.

Professional counselors will work with family members of officers in the department.

APD is also mandating counseling and debriefs for officers next week. "The GBI and the Georgia State Patrol both have peer counseling programs, so a lot of the counselors that will be working with our officers are fellow law enforcement officers which will help them to open up a little bit," said Scott.

Georgia Southwestern's Campus Patrol Chief Mike Tracy said his officers will be offered counseling as well, though, it will not be mandated.

Officer Smith's funeral begins at 11AM Wednesday at the Storm Dome on the Georgia Southwestern campus.

Tonight at 11, a story on some specially trained horsemen who have traveled from out of state to help honor Officer Smith at his funeral.

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