Debut of Film “Keeping the Peace” at the University of San Diego, Highlights the Stigma of Mental Health Among Law Enforcement.

The short film “Keeping the Peace” by director James Anthony Ellis will premiere during “National Police Week” on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater on the USD campus.  The premiere of the film will be followed by a panel of experts.  The 30-minute film will also be gifted to law enforcement agencies in the county for training purposes.

Mental distress is a growing problem among law enforcement as the grim statistics show.  According to the Badge of Life Organization, law enforcement officers are 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. With over 100 suicides per year, the number one killer of police officers is law enforcement suicide.

“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,” says Ellis.

Included in the evening presentation will be SDPD Chaplain Erin Hubbard, SDPD Detective Heather Seddon, El Cajon Chief Jeff Davis, retired assistant Chief Sarah Creighton and National City Sergeant Steve Shephard. Community members will also be part of the panel, focused on improving relations between the public and law enforcement. The keynote address will come from Dr. Sara Gilman, President of Coherence Associates Inc.

“Through our Building Trust Partnership, the Kroc IPJ has been working to improve police-community relations across San Diego County.  Recognizing the trauma that has been experienced by our law enforcement and communities and putting in place systems to support their recovery and to promote mental health is a key part of this work and this event helps to raise awareness about the issue,” says Daniel Orth, Kroc IPJ program officer.

Only 250 seats available, to register for the event or for more information visit.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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