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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

The Radar Functions of a Supervisor
How to Handle Stress On Duty

How to Handle Stress On Duty

Stress is a part of the job. But there are actions you can take to mitigate its effects that don't include the usual advice from doctors and fitness magazines.

May 1, 2015

Video: Florida Officers Receive Resiliency Training
Florida Officers Receive Resiliency Training

Florida Officers Receive Resiliency Training

Law enforcement officers from three Florida counties went through a two-day stress management course referred to as "resiliency training" put on by a local health consultant business. It’s supposed to help manage stress through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual outlets. Read Story Here.

June 18, 2014

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

Dealing With Police Stress on the Home Front

Dealing With Police Stress on the Home Front

Police work is one of the most stressful jobs in this country. Day after day, officers see the worst of humanity; absorb the world's negativity; and come home to us. How can we expect this to have no effect on their minds, bodies, and souls? The fact is it does.

September 9, 2013

Get a Mental Oil Change

Get a Mental Oil Change

In your law enforcement career, there will be times when your stress level causes too much friction or locks up your forward motion. More and more officers are becoming victims of a level of stress that, if not attended to, could turn them into the psychologically walking wounded.

June 4, 2013

Murphy's Law for Police Rookies

Murphy's law is the adage that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Count on these three Murphy-isms to crop up during your first year as an officer.

June 20, 2012

C.O.P.S. Offers Help To Affected Co-Workers

C.O.P.S. Offers Help To Affected Co-Workers

As a part of this year's National Police Survivors' Conference in May during National Police Week, we will be offering new sessions tailored for affected co-workers. The debriefing topics will cover death by felonious action, accidental action, drunk driving, and friendly fire/friendly action.

February 21, 2012

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

Accepting Remedial Training

Remedial training is something nearly every field training recruit (FTR) must endure. There will be an element in a task that you didn't perform to a satisfactory level, and your FTO will insist you practice this skill before you move forward. Calm down and accept the learning moments to come.

November 22, 2010

Watch Your Mouth

You might feel that the uniform gives you anonymity to say what you feel in the heat of the moment. But you are not a nameless person in the crowd. You are a police officer.

October 1, 2009

First Day Jitters and Survival

Whoever created the analogy of butterflies in your stomach to represent the uncertainties of the first day missed the mark. Recalling my rookie days─now having had a few─the feeling to me is more like buzzards circling in your gut.

March 29, 2009

Hazing and Rites of Passage

Hazing and Rites of Passage

You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.

November 1, 2008

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