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Pieces of My Mind

Thoughts on some of the law enforcement news that came across our computers in October.

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New York Officers Convince Off-Duty Officer Not to Take His Own Life

An off-duty NYPD officer reportedly put the barrel of a gun in his mouth during a traffic stop on Long Island and uniformed officers had to convince him to not take his own life.

Police Leaders Vow to Address Officer Suicide During IACP Session

During the annual gathering of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago last week, attending law enforcement leaders met to address the apparent rise in police officer suicide, vowing to address the problem with increased mental health support for officers.

Minnesota Department to Implement Officer Wellness Program

“We live in a culture where asking for help is frowned upon,” said Capt. Jeff Stilwell of the Rochester Police Dept. “Years of history, if you’re hurting in some way, rub a little dirt on it and move on. We’re realizing that’s leading to a lot of bad outcomes not only for the officers and their families but also the level of service we’re providing to the community.”

Xtreme Performance Lab Announces New Mental Training Technology to Aid Law Enforcement and First Responders

Professionally guided trainings are done remotely via XPL's NeuroPod PRO delivery platform and measurable results can be achieved in just two hours per week. XPL services include a comprehensive Performance Capabilities Assessment (like a "combine for the mind"), individualized mental training protocols using the company's proprietary Quantitative Neuro-Physical Conditioning (QNCP), and mental wellness progress measurements.

New York Police Officer Dies by Suicide

An officer with the New York Police Department died by suicide Tuesday evening—his death marks the tenth suicide of active and retired NYPD officers this year.

(Video) Overcoming Adversity and Preventing Suicide

Sgt. Steve Fish of the Racine (WI) Police Department discusses how he overcame adversity in his own life when he found himself in a bad place after he defeated cancer but saw both his parents pass away in a very short time span.

New York Officer Reportedly Dies by Suicide

An off-duty officer with the Nassau County (NY) Police Department died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday.

NYPD to Mine Personnel Data in Effort to Prevent Officer Suicides

The New York Police Department plans to dive deeply into personnel data on all of its officers to examine on- and off-the-job problems that may lead to greater risk of suicide.

(Video) The Connection Between Mental, Emotional, and Physical Well-Being

POLICE Magazine Contributing Web Editor Doug Wyllie sits down with Sgt. Steve Fish of the Racine (WI) Police Department to discuss how working out and being in good shape can help your mind and soul as well.