Updated: Oct 20
Hello everyone. This is probably one of the hardest things for the Martinez family have had to do… The family of Jesus Martinez is reaching out to relatives, friends and the community for your help. On October 18, 2023 Jesus Martinez passed away. We are asking for your help for the funeral expenses and transportation of his remains to his family in Mexicali MX as soon as possible, so the Martinez family can mourn the loss of a great Father, son, brother and a true friend. Times are tough right now and asking for money is something I wish we did not have to do… but we are asking for everyone’s prayers and help during this hard time. Thanks in advance.
In Memory of Jesus Martinez (1990-2023)
Rest in Peace.
The Tragic Passing of our Local 52 Brother Jesus Martinez - Urgent Need for Enhanced Support and Monitoring of Security Personnel in Light of Recent Suicide Tragedy.
To whom it may concern, @ Paragon Systems, Inc
I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to address a matter of utmost importance that demands our immediate attention: the well-being and mental health of our security supervisors and their subordinates. It is with a heavy heart that I bring to your attention the recent tragedy of PSO Jesus Martinez, one of our esteemed officers who, sadly, took his own life. This devastating event underscores the urgent need for us to prioritize the emotional and psychological welfare of our entire security team.
In the face of this heartbreaking loss, it is crucial that we recognize the unique challenges and stressors faced by security personnel on a daily basis. The nature of their work often exposes them to high-pressure situations, long hours, and potentially traumatic events. These circumstances can place an enormous burden on their mental well-being, rendering them vulnerable to emotional distress, anxiety, and even depression.
As leaders within the organization, it is incumbent upon us to ensure the safety and welfare of our employees extend beyond physical security measures. We must foster an environment that encourages open dialogue, compassion, and support for our security supervisors and their teams. By doing so, we can create a culture of trust and empathy that promotes resilience and aids in the prevention of further tragedies.
To address this pressing concern, I propose the implementation of the following measures:
1. Mental Health Awareness and Training: Develop a comprehensive training program that equips security supervisors with the knowledge and skills to identify signs of distress, stress, and mental health issues among their subordinates. This training should also emphasize the importance of self-care and encourage supervisors to lead by example.
2. Regular Check-ins and Supportive Conversations: Establish a system of frequent and meaningful check-ins between security supervisors and their team members. These conversations should provide a safe space for officers to express their concerns, share their experiences, and seek guidance. Encourage supervisors to actively listen, show empathy, and direct personnel to appropriate resources when needed.
3. Accessible Mental Health Resources: Make readily available mental health resources such as counseling services, support groups, and hotlines. Ensure that these resources are well-publicized and easily accessible for security personnel, allowing them to seek help confidentially and without fear of stigma.
4. Peer Support Programs: Implement peer support initiatives, such as buddy systems or mentorship programs, to foster camaraderie and create a support network among security personnel. Encourage officers to look out for one another, recognizing the importance of early intervention and support in maintaining mental well-being.
5. Ongoing Evaluation and Feedback: Regularly assess the effectiveness of our mental health initiatives, seeking feedback from security supervisors and their teams. This feedback will help us refine and improve our support systems, ensuring they remain relevant and responsive to the evolving needs of our personnel.
By implementing these measures, we can demonstrate our commitment to the welfare of our security team and provide them with the support they desperately need. Our collective efforts will not only help prevent future tragedies but also foster a workplace environment that values the mental well-being of all employees.
I urge you to give this matter the utmost priority and allocate the necessary resources to implement these initiatives. Together, we can create a safer and more supportive workplace for our security personnel, preserving their mental health and overall well-being.
Thank you for your attention to this critical issue. I am confident that by taking proactive steps, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our team.
Robert C Saenz
Local 52 president