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Take a Breath

Take a Breath

To prevent taking shallow breaths in stressful situations, make sure you practice and refresh your tactical breathing skills.

February 8, 2018

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Worrying enhances the anxiety associated with our dreams, and most experts say dreams are the "subconscious mind" resolving anxieties. No cop ever said they didn't think about confronting life and death situations; anxiety is a healthy result of those thoughts.

April 7, 2017

Pass the Blue Crayon, Please

Pass the Blue Crayon, Please

All of us have activities that simply make us stronger and better, like working out or fishing or hunting or … coloring! Look, I don't judge (OK, maybe a little). Just find things that you enjoy and help you recover from the stress of your job.

July 6, 2016

Eustress Me!

Eustress Me!

Seeking stimulus makes you stronger when you do it properly, but don't blame law enforcement for your three failed marriages and bad liver.

May 8, 2014

Post-Traumatic Growth

Post-Traumatic Growth

The nature of police work is one of great adventure, great crisis, great horror. You will see more and experience more, both good and bad, in five years on the job than the average person will in 70, so don't fear it; embrace it, accept it. It is your path.

September 2, 2011

Junk Science on the Beat

Many police psychologists believe that if you don’t feel bad, something is wrong with you.

April 1, 2006

Resolutions for Cops

Ah, the first month of the new year. It’s a month of parties, football, snow or snowbirds (depending on where you live), and just generally good feelings. Then the winter wears on. Football ends for nearly everybody’s team; ice appears on the roadways at the worst time (who hasn’t had the thrill of that tactical 360-degree spin en route to a call); and all those resolutions you made suddenly become ancient history.

January 1, 2006

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