RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor is helping law enforcers cope with the emotional fallout they experience from witnessing violence and its aftermath.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Rev. Alex Evans has been organizing three-day seminars for law enforcement officials seeking coping strategies for trauma experienced on the job.

A program founded by Evans has provided the seminars for the last four years. He says the seminars are free to law enforcers, other than the cost of getting there and the time off from work.

Connecticut trooper Patrick Dragon tells the newspaper that the seminars helped him deal with the trauma he experienced after responding to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 youngsters and six adults.

Evans is pastor of Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com