I think its time we created a new credo for law enforcement. My suggestion based upon my strong beliefs about officer safety and wellness is: “Work H.A.R.D.; Live H.A.R.D.; Die H.A.R.D.”.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a Credo is defined as” an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group”
So what do I mean by:
I think the key to a good motto or credo is the deeper meaning that we take out of it that gives us guidance when we need it. In this case I have defined the acronym of H.A.R.D. as:
H = Healthy
A = Altruistic
R = Resilient
I believe that a truly skilled and proficient law enforcement professional should… possess all of these qualities in all of those circumstances. Let me explain further how I define the credo.
Wikipedia’s Definition of Health
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”). The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Although this definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as lacking operational value and because of the problem created by use of the word “complete”, it remains the most enduring
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Definition of Healthy
Definition of HEALTHY
1: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit : well
2: evincing health
3: conducive to health 4 : prosperous, flourishing
Wikipedia’s Definition of Altruism
Altruism (play /ˈæltruːɪzəm/) is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of ‘others’ toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Definition of Altruism
Definition of ALTRUISM
1: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others
Wikipedia’s Definition of Psychological Resilience
Psychological resilience is an individual’s tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as ‘posttraumatic growth’ or ‘steeling effects’ where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to disease). Resilience is most commonly understood as a process, and not a trait of an individual.
Commonly used terms, which are closely related within psychology, are “psychological resilience”, “emotional resilience”, “hardiness”, “resourcefulness”, and “mental toughness”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Definition of Resilient
Definition of RESILIENT: characterized or marked by resilience: as
a : capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b : tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Definition of Dedicated
Definition of DEDICATED
1: devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose : zealous
2: given over to a particular purpose
Definition of DEDICATION
1: an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use
2: a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose
3: self-sacrificing devotion
So from that information we can establish a code to live by both professionally and personally.
H = Healthy = Healthy Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually
A = Altruistic = Devoted personally and professionally to the welfare of others
R = Resilient = Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually flexible and able to cope with stress and adversity and maintain your well being and effectiveness.
D= Dedicated = being a “Peace Officer” devoted to the causes of truth and justice, the ideals of democracy and liberty as well as the purpose of service to your community
Then if you extrapolate those qualities into the credo for each situation you develop a true code of behavior that can help define us and guide us in times of uncertainty.
H = Healthy = safety and security for yourself and others by preparing your “self” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
A = Altruistic = concern for the welfare of the people you serve, your community, your peers
R = Resilient = preparing and maintaining your “self” in a state of readiness and flexibility to respond to whatever you are needed to do
D= Dedicated = dedicated to your craft, your job, your community, your peers, your profession
H = Healthy = healthy lifestyle, healthy relationships, healthy habits caring for your “self” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
A = Altruistic = helping others, volunteering time, giving to charity
R = Resilient = being flexible in life and relationships
D= Dedicated = dedicated to family, spouse, children, community
H = Healthy = being in a state of health so that you live a long, full life and die peacefully and naturally
A = Altruistic = being willing to sacrifice your life for that of another
R = Resilient = preparing your “self” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the eventuality of death, and when threatened not going quietly, Never give up!
D= Dedicated = to higher ideals worth dying for, a higher good
That’s my proposal for a new credo for law enforcement. I would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please give me your comments by using the box below. Be patient it takes a while to process the posting of new comments.
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