New Year’s Resolutions for Cops

As a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or corrections officer do you have a list of New Year’s Resolutions?

It seems that some resolutions that would be appropriate for peace officers or those in law enforcement would include a list that started with these questions:

In 2009 how will I improve myself mentally to be the best I can be in life and on the job?
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What will I do in 2009 how will I improve myself physically to be the best I can be in life and on the job?
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In 2009 how will I improve my financial situation to be the best I can be in life, for my family, and on the job?
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What will I do in 2009 how will I improve myself spiritually to be the best I can be in life and on the job?
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In 2009 how will I improve my relationships so that I can be the best in life and in my job?
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What will I do in 2009 to relax and have some fun so that I might be a better person and better able to do my job?
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In 2009 I will take these steps to improve my chances for a safe, happy and healthy retirement from the job.
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What will I do in 2009 to prepare a back-up plan for myself, and my family, in case something doesn’t go as I have planned on the job?
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In 2009 how will I improve my chances for promotion or advancement so that I might improve my personal and professional life?
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In 2009 I will take these steps to start a business, learn a new trade or find another means to earn an income completely independently of my law enforcement career.
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What charitable work or donation of time or money will I make in 2009 to leave a lasting legacy and help improve our profession or the world?
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If completing these questions isn’t enough to get you started on some great resolutions for 2009 consider completing the CopsAlive.com “Life & Career Planning Worksheet”

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the full worksheet.

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About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! CopsAlive.com gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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One Comment

  1. This is a really good idea John. For 2009 I have decided to be compulsive about written goals and this has given me some great ideas to add to my list. Thanks

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