March 21st, 2014 by Filed under Plan Your Health

Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide

Breaking the Silence of Police Suicide
by Trish Buchanan

Please take five minutes of your time to consider, and then do something to stop police officer suicides in 5 easy steps.

1. Start with this short 4 minute video that was created by Trish Buchanan who is the widow of East Hartford Connecticut Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan, a dedicated police officer for almost 24 years and, who sadly took his own life in his police department March 12, 2013.  Please take 4 minutes to watch this video.

2. Then CLICK HERE to download our free CopsAlive.com roll-call discussion guide…

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March 16th, 2014 by Filed under CopsAlive News

Basic Law Enforcement Wellness Curriculum Development

Help us develop a basic curriculum on law enforcement wellness

As part of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) annual conference being held the last week of March 2014 in Chicago Illinois, several of us are facilitating sessions at the conference in an attempt to develop a Basic Wellness Training Curriculum to be available to everyone in law enforcement.

At the conference, being held at the Chicago Westin Yorktown Center, we will host four breakout sessions and one group panel discussion to draw ideas and create a basic curriculum for future distribution.

In addition to the input from hundreds of ILEETA members we also need your input. We want your ideas, tips, best practices, research and any input that you believe would be helpful or should be included within a basic training program on wellness for law enforcement professionals.

There are several ways to help.

First, you could…

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February 16th, 2014 by Filed under Plan Your Health

Quiet Your Mind

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Can You Quiet Your Mind?

For law enforcement professionals the importance of being able to quiet your mind is critical as the thoughts, ideas, plans and excessive noise in our heads can become overwhelming. Even in their more mild expressions these thoughts can keep us from being focused, attentive, alert and might disturb our sleep.

The profession of law enforcement can be quite toxic and contributes many direct threats to your mental and emotional well-being, not to mention your spiritual health. Things like poverty, tragedy, trauma, death and destruction can be overwhelming and thoughts about these things blend with your everyday thoughts to contribute lots of noise in your mind. Your ability to control and “quiet” that noise might become a very valuable tool in the challenge for you to be able to stay alive or to even survive a full career.

Those in police work need to learn to calm and quiet their minds in order to stay focused, mentally alert, and safe.

We are attaching a written procedure for quieting your mind as well as a 10 minute audio recording to guide you…

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January 9th, 2014 by Filed under Plan Your Growth

Armor Your Self™ Spiritually

What does it take to Armor Your Self™ Spiritually?

As we prepare for the Spring 2014 publication of John Marx’ new book: “Armor Your Self™: How To Survive A Career In Law Enforcement” we are going to preview some of the information and concepts contained within the Armor Your Self™ book and training program.. This book is meant to provide guidance to all law enforcement professionals and their families about tactics and strategies that can work to protect them and help create a positive quality of life.

The basic premise of this concept is that in order to successfully survive a career in law enforcement one must Armor Your Self™ physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to strengthen and condition your being to guard against the “hidden dangers” of this very toxic profession.

The spiritual component of this self-protective prevention program is one of the most challenging for…

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December 30th, 2013 by Filed under Plan Your Health

Consider a Proactive Annual Check In

Start the New Year with a Proactive Annual Check In

Police work is tough business and it will eat you up if you don’t care for your “self” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally in law enforcement is usually NOT something you can do alone. Proper care requires Proactive Peer Support, Psychological Services and Chaplains Programs and other support services to be effective.

Police psychologist Jack Digliani has just produced the 5th Edition of his Police and Sheriff’s Peer Support Team Training Manual which he has always made available for free here on CopsAlive.com. He is also recommending that police officers agencies, and other law enforcement professionals consider doing an Annual Proactive Check-In.

What is a Proactive Annual Check In?

The Proactive Annual Check-In (PAC) provides police officers…

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December 22nd, 2013 by Filed under CopsAlive News

A Law Enforcement Christmas

As the Christmas holiday approaches we would like to say thank you and best wishes to all those who work in law enforcement. Here is some of our favorite material that say so much about our career. Enjoy!

First, is this video Former Ohio State Trooper Bob Welsh Shares His Christmas Eve Story and we are sharing it with you with our very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe Christmas this year!

My Christmas Eve by Bob Welsh

Bob is a retired cop and expert storyteller. He served in the U.S. Navy and had a 30 year career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

I highly recommend his book: Embers From a Storytellers Mind which is also available as an audio CD. Click Here to visit Bob’s website at BobWelsh.com.

Second, here is our favorite poem from PolicePoems.com about the profession:

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December 14th, 2013 by Filed under Plan Your Career

Blue on Blue: The Ultimate Law Enforcement Tragedy

blueonbluetragedyThe ultimate tragedy in law enforcement might be when one officer accidentally kills a fellow officer in what has become known as a Blue on Blue Death.

I recently had a chance to speak with an officer who has survived one of these tragedies and his story is as inspiring as it is tragic.

How Would Your Agency Handle a Blue on Blue Death?

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November 28th, 2013 by Filed under Plan Your Growth

Thank You For Your Service!

On this U.S. holiday for giving thanks we at CopsAlive.com say thank you for your service to all the men and women in law enforcement around the world.

Thank you for your courage.

Thank you for your commitment.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Law enforcement is a very difficult career and we understand the challenges and adversities you face. We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication.

Gratitude is a very powerful tool. What are you grateful for?

A feeling of gratitude can be created by looking for the good nature of things and events and then by focusing upon the positives. You can create this feeling in yourself and you can use it as a tool to lead others to this awareness

We have assembled a free worksheet on gratitude for you to use this day to examine all the things in your life and career that you are grateful for.

CLICK HERE to download our CopsAlive.com Gratitude Worksheet.

This worksheet was assembled in gratitude for all the men and women in law
enforcement who risk their lives to make our world a better place. Thank you!

The mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives!

Happy Thanksgiving and please Stay Safe and Stay Well!

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November 14th, 2013 by Filed under CopsAlive News

Don’t Forget to Thank a Vet

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As the week of Veteran’s Day comes to an end CopsAlive.com salutes America’s veterans and says “thank you” for your service to our country.

Please join us in saying “thanks” to those serving in our armed forces and to our veterans.

To remind you of the kind of people it takes to keep our country safe on foreign shores please watch part I of the NRA Life of Duty video entitled “Highest Honor” Presented by Brownells.

This video is one of their Patriot Profiles presented by the NRA and Brownells on their Life Of Duty Channel website where they profile law enforcement and military heroes with their stories of courage and heroism.

Highest Honor Part 1
Dakota Meyer is a country boy who grew up amongst the corn and tobacco fields in the rolling hills and lush farmland of Columbia, Kentucky. Awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest honor for courage and valor, he was thrust into the spotlight of celebrity and nothing in his world could feel less heroic or less honorable than that.

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October 16th, 2013 by Filed under Plan Your Fitness

Tough Enough?

ToughEnoughHow tough is tough enough for a law enforcement officer?

Law enforcement is a tough profession. It will beat you up and tear you down, unless you are tough enough to endure all that this job has to throw at you.  So how do you prepare yourself for the job?

How tough do you have to be to work in law enforcement?

Your training for a policing job can be critical to your survival, and it’s not just the training you get in the police academy, it’s about training yourself every day to be sharp and ready for whatever the day will challenge you with. In order to be tough enough for a full career in law enforcement you need to strengthen and condition yourself every day in several ways.

When I say training I’m not just talking about physical fitness training, although that’s a big part of it, I believe that in order to be thoroughly trained for this job you have to strengthen and condition your “self” every day physically, mentally, emotionally as well as spiritually.

The problem with that is that none of us has ever been taught how to strengthen ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Some of you might be asking why do I have to strengthen myself spiritually or emotionally for this job?

You will have to discover that answer to that question for yourself but consider the fact that about three times more officers take their own lives than are murdered in the line of duty. Physical fitness alone doesn’t strengthen you in the ways that are necessary to protect you from the demons that would lead you to want to take your own life. If you add in other toxic “hidden dangers” that might assault you in this line of work like…

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