If your union or employee rights organization asked you to participate in a sick-out/blue flu to support an employee rights issue, would you do it, even if it put your job in jeopardy?
The benefits of foot beats are many and this type of patrol should be a fundamental aspect in any community policing model. But after being directed to an assigned area or neighborhood to walk, an officer and his or her department should have sound strategies in place for how best to accomplish this mission in a safe and productive manner.
As officers we ignore stress and drive on as if it were part of a crusade. Whether we choose to accept it or not, it's our responsibility as individuals to handle it. Most of us sleep very little, eat like crap, and continuously ride an emotionally and adrenaline-filled roller coaster.
What the heck happened to us? Cro-Magnons were big, athletic, and healthy until they died (mostly young), and had bigger brains than we do.
I started that morning with a visit to the doctor's office, fully expecting to walk out with a prescription and get on with life. Instead, I ended up in an Intensive Care Unit 90 miles from home.
Crime fighters have a unique problem. Our meals are part of our socialization, our warrior bread-breaking ritual.
If you want to go to the next level and optimize your physical fitness and make it job relevant, read on.