POPPA formerly known as M.A.P., began as a vision of one man that was shared by many.
This vision was simple! Created an organization that is a non-departmental, confidential program in a safe non-threatening environment that provides support and assistance to prevent personal problems from reaching a crisis level.
In a 10 year period between 1985 and 1995, there were 73 members of the service who committed suicide. This unfathomable epidemic had to be seriously addressed.
Bill Genet, founder of POPPA, spearheaded an effort in 1995 to train 50 officers in peer support, who can be reached by officers needing assistance 24 hours a day via a Help-Line.
Since then, approximately 250 officers have been trained in peer support with 150 officers trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.).
Today, POPPA has evolved into a non-for-profit organization with a prominent board of directors, a well structured operational staff, and effective and competent compliment of police-orientated clinicians and highly dedicated peer support officers.