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DOJ Awards Nearly $17 M to Las Vegas Shooting Survivors

DOJ Awards Nearly $17 M to Las Vegas Shooting Survivors

The United States Department of Justice will provide nearly $17 million in funding for counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery and legal assistance for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.

December 4, 2018

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

Fire Nobody!

Fire Nobody!

Here is the conundrum: When bad things happen it appears Officer Nobody has failed again to do what needs to be done, and when things turn out good, Dep. Somebody is taking all the credit. Something needs to be done.

August 4, 2013

Knowing the Ending

Knowing the Ending

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

October 16, 2012

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

Detective Rachel Morgan's psychological recovery has been helped by her membership in the "Swiss Cheese Club," a group of officers shot in the line of duty who provided timely support. 

September 2, 2012

DA: Pa. Cop Faked His Own Shooting

DA: Pa. Cop Faked His Own Shooting

A Pennsylvania police officer has been arrested and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation for staging a shooting in which he claimed to have been saved by his ballistic vest.

August 29, 2012

Realistic Optimism

Realistic Optimism

Real optimism isn't just expecting good things to happen; it is how you internally explain to yourself the bad things that happen and what you do about them. Everyone is going to suffer bad events.

July 10, 2012

Trapped on an Escalator

Trapped on an Escalator

Your "locus of control" is your sense of controlling your own future, your own happiness, your own life. Too often people blame the commander, the sergeant, the department, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a husband, a wife, or a partner, maybe even all eight of them for their unhappiness or unfilled dreams.

May 8, 2012

Weighing Risks

Weighing Risks

The problem we have as humans is we aren't real good at evaluating risk, and if we don't evaluate it properly we can't compensate for it.

April 10, 2012

You Are Not a Psychologist

You Are Not a Psychologist

Hard-earned insight into the vagaries of the human mind can only take the average officer so far. As the psychological impairments of those he or she comes into contact with become more acute, it's less likely that an officer will be successful dealing with them.

March 19, 2012

Your Just Deserts

Your Just Deserts

As a student of human performance I am always amazed at the way we pay lip service to the winning mindset. It seems we think that if we just say this or that to ourselves, or visualize ourselves doing this or that, we will become winners. Simple, right? Wrong.

December 6, 2011

Handling Threats: "I'm Going to Kill You!"

Handling Threats: "I'm Going to Kill You!"

Most threats against police officers are verbal threats used to control, harass, and intimidate the officer. But situations involving threats at the next level—where violence is a grave possibility—are different.

October 10, 2011

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

I have always been touched by certain images, sounds, and words, and the older I get the more things trigger my emotional reflexes. At the same time I find I am less and less embarrassed by my tears. Now I know the tears are not from weakness but from respect, from the heart.

July 21, 2011

Illusion of Confidence

Illusion of Confidence

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

October 31, 2010

The Bureaucratic Touch

The Bureaucratic Touch

We put high sensation-seeking folks like you in a highly structured bureaucracy and are shocked when it stresses the heck out of you.

August 10, 2010

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