Our mission at Cops Alive is “Saving the lives of the people who save lives.” I’ve shared many times about the many hidden dangers of law enforcement. We’re reminded of the 73 officers murdered each year, but we rarely acknowledge the 400 plus officers who take their own lives each year by suicide.
The list of stressors that lead cops to commit suicide is long, but one that certainly plagues a great number of us is stress and worry about money. Financial mismanagement does not always lead to suicide, but it’s definitely a contributor.
We train hard and allocate resources to shooting and unarmed tactics, yet ignore the more probable risk factors like alcohol abuse, marital problems and personal finance issues. Stress at home distracts cops from doing their job effectively, opening them up to greater risks on the streets.
We ought to use the same strategies to manage the hidden risks that we do to plan tactical situations. For example, imagine how… our lives would be change if we planned our finances with the same vigor as we plan bank robbery scenarios.
I suspect one of the reasons we as police officers ignore money, but will plan for a shooting, is because money and investing can to be boring. There is no denying that money management ranks up there with CPR training—not high on the interest list—but ignoring the problem only makes it worse.
I recently had the privilege of reading a book about money and investing from Retired Officer Chuck Rylant. The book is by a cop, about a cop, and for cops and it’s anything but boring. In fact, I was hooked from the moment I picked it up. Let’s walk our talk and start looking after ourselves and our peers. If not for yourself, get it for your partner, your family, or someone in your police family. This book can truly save your financial life!
Chuck used an entertaining story about a narcotics detective and wove practical money strategies into the story. It’s very well done. I can’t recommend the book enough which is why I’m ecstatic that CopsAlive has partnered with Chuck to give the book away Free to fellow cops during National Police Week.
Get the Book Free during National Police Week May 13-19th, 2012.
Only readers of CopsAlive.com can get a free copy of “How to be Rich: The Couple’s Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money” shipped to your house. Chuck said he will cover the costs of the book and only asked that you help out with the shipping and handling.
You can get your free copy by using the link below, but you will need to use the special access code “copsalive”
Check out the 5-star book at Amazon and you will see the 52 positive reviews. I know you will get a lot from the book, so I’m so happy to be able to provide this generous offer to readers of CopsAlive.com.
You can order your FREE COPY HERE.
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