Total Wellness for Law Enforcement Professionals

The CopsAlive Total Wellness Project is a community effort to ensure the wellness of police officers around the world by gathering tips, suggestions, stories, strategies and resources from law enforcement officers to help other cops survive this career.

We are planning on creating a special report on how to create total wellness for police officers and protect ourselves from all the threats that affect us in or following a law enforcement career.

CopsAlive.com was created to help law enforcement officers successfully navigate their careers and build happy, healthy lives.  We believe that law enforcement is the most noble of professions and acknowledge that many people working in law enforcement make sacrifices everyday to make our communities safer and happier.  We believe that those professionals in law enforcement also deserve to be happy, healthy and successful and we intend to help them plan for that by collecting and disseminating information that will help them have better careers and better lives.  We accomplish this by establishing a running commentary on the Internet through the use of a web log or Blog.  We create interactive discussions and stimulate action around the hidden dangers facing the police.  We use survey instruments online, and in person, to discover the beliefs of our industry and we tailor information strategies and tools for them from this information.  If you believe in this mission and have something to contribute we would welcome it.

We are looking for stories, examples and strategies that will re-enforce a sense of total wellness and protect us from all the threats that confront a policing professional in or following a career in law enforcement.

The final product a “Special Report” will be distributed free to police officers and other law enforcement professionals around the world.

Everyone who contributes to the report will automatically receive… Continue reading

Colorado C.O.P.S. Tips for Navigating National Police Week

npw_wall_logo_2010_myriad_pro_fontDuring a recent board meeting for the Colorado Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) the group was discussing how to best assist our survivors that were going to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony for the first time.  The experienced members of the group knew that the event could be overwhelming to a first time survivor or visitor if they didn’t know what to expect.  National C.O.P.S. sends survivors an orientation video, but some of our members who had been to National Police Week, which is commemorated every May here in the United States, knew it is an emotional roller coaster for the most experienced participant and it can be absolutely overwhelming to someone who doesn’t know what to expect.  The Colorado Chapter of C.O.P.S. always puts together care packages in the form of goodie bag for the family to take that includes things like snacks, water, and umbrella and even a disposable camera, but this year the group decided to draw upon some of the experience we all shared and conduct an interview with some of our board members and put together a tip sheet to help… Continue reading

Stress Management for Police Officers

I had a chance to interview Lisa Wimberger of Trance Personnel Consulting Group the other day about stress and stress management for police officers and it was a fascinating discussion.

Lisa works on a national level with law enforcement officers suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, both at the agency and individual police officer levels. Lisa’s ability to bring tools to law enforcement agencies offers a proactive solution to stress management and crisis intervention. She provides techniques that are a simple pathway to a healthier police officer and their law enforcement organization as well.

The Denver Post covered one of her recent classes… Continue reading

British Police Blog Interviews CopsAlive Editor

A Police Sergeant from the U.K. who writes an English police blog called “The Twining Chronicles” has interviewed John Marx our Editor in Chief.

The interview may shed a light on the differences and similarities between policing in the USA and policing in the United Kingdom, but the bottom line is that law enforcement officers are the same everywhere.

Please check it out and leave a comment:

http://twining.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/we-interview-the-author-of-copsalive-from-the-united-states/

CopsAlive Cruise 2010 A Success!

Our Ship

Our Ship

We just got back a week ago from another successful law enforcement retreat at sea. The CopsAlive Cruise 2010 was a success with current and former police officers on the ship from Colorado, California, Utah, New York and Texas. The CopsAlive group was part of a larger group of 430 entrepreneurs from 17 countries who exchange ideas about how to do do business on the internet.

We joined them in mastermind and training sessions to learn about how to improve our online businesses and in some cases make money from the internet while still working a full time career. If you have a side business on the internet you might want to consider coming with us in 2011.  READ MORE… Continue reading

British Police Constable Beaten

British Police Constable Fran Croucher beaten unconscious by 2 people she stopped whilst on patrol.

Get well soon PC Croucher!

CLICK HERE for more information or read about it in Kent Online by CLICKING HERE

Stay Safe and Take Care of Each Other

Police Officer’s Personal Success Story

Editors Note:  The following is excerpted from the personal blog of CopsAlive regular contributor Chuck Rylant.  For those of you who don’t know him, Chuck is a working police officer, has his own financial planning business AND now is co-owner of RockStar Fitness with his wife.  Chuck is an amazing person and continues to be a role model for all of us on how to get the most out of life.  It is our pleasure to celebrate with the Rylant’s and share their story with you.  If you want to learn more about Chuck you can listen to our first interview with him CLICK HERE.  In that interview he talked about the importance of writing and using a business plan.  Remember he did all of this while still working full time at his police department.

We Actually Pulled it Off

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted to CopsAlive.com because I’ve been so busy launching a new fitness club called RockStar Fitness, while still growing my financial planning firm in Santa Maria.  For now, I’m enjoying being a partner with my wife in this new venture.  We really do make a good team in business and life.  It really has been fun,  rewarding, exciting, stressful and scary all at the same time.

Now that it’s open, we’re discovering all new stresses, but also some incredible rewards.  It was gratifying… Continue reading

A Christmas Prayer for Peace Officers Around the World

As we approach Christmas here in the United States I’m struck, as always, by the emotions evoked by all the Christmas Carols and Traditional Music.  I know this can be a special, busy, dangerous and wonderful time to be in law enforcement.

Christmas music reminds me of why we are here and how important the role of peace officer is now, and all year long.  The next time you hear a Christmas Carol try listening as a police officer and see… Continue reading

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Thinking about making a donation this holiday season?

Here are the law enforcement organizations that CopsAlive recommends that you consider for your donations.

National Police Suicide Foundation
Donate Your Time: CLICK HERE
Donate Your Money: CLICK HERE

The Pain Behind the Badge
Ask how you can donate to the scholarship program

National Police Wives Association

The Badge of Life

Wives Behind the Badge

Spartan Cops
Help them out by buying some gear and then give that as a gift too!

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
Donate Money: CLICK HERE
Other Ways to Donate: CLICK HERE

C.O.P.S. Colorado
Please Support My Local Chapter:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Support the National Law Enforcement Museum as “A Matter of Honor”

CopLine
The first national hotline for law enforcement officers and their families

Get into the Holiday spirit and give back to your profession!