I had the privilege to attend an excellent seminar last week hosted by the Denver Police Department on “Spirituality, Wellness & Vitality Issues in Law Enforcement Practices”. Our presenters were FBI Supervisory Special Agent Samuel L. Feemster, J.D. and Sergeant Ginger L. Charles, Ph.D. of the Arvada Police Department. They asked some interesting questions and offered some unique perspectives on modern law enforcement practices. Some examples include: “Is Law Enforcement a calling for you?” and “What courses were you trained in at the police academy?”, then “What courses should you have been trained in at the academy?”
This seminar was not about just religion but about any spiritual influence that gives police officers the kind of character that allows them to endure the toxic nature of police work and maintain their sanity over the years of a demanding police career. There was information presented that many, many more officers die from suicide, cancer and heart attacks than ever are killed in the line of duty and we discussed what leads police officers, true leaders of our communities, to chose suicide over life.
The question was asked how do you become a well rounded police officer?
As a hard working police officer have you ever wondered what you’ve been saving all your hard earned money for? You probably answered with the obvious—retirement. But let’s be more specific; what is retirement? What does retirement mean to those of us in law enforcement? Does it mean quitting your job and spending the rest of our life on a golf course? I doubt you’d be golfing long before you’re just as board with golf as you were at the job you retired from.
I think a better description of retirement for cops is “financial independence.” This means different things to different people, but I suggest it means you no longer HAVE to work, because your money works for you. It does not necessarily mean you quit working, but in a law enforcement retirement maybe you stop doing police work and only do the kind of work you want to do. To get there, you need to have saved enough money so… Continue reading
Start your New Year off right with a law enforcement cruise to the Exotic Caribbean as part of the CopsAlive Cruise 2010. We sail January 9th – 16th, from Port Canaveral near Orlando, Florida and you can be part of the fun and educational programs. We will be stopping in Cozumel, Belize (Central America), Isla Roatan (off the coast of Honduras) and in Costa Maya (Yucatan Penninsula) . For the last three years the staff at CopsAlive have been joining a larger group of internet entrepreneurs on a Carnival Cruise the second week of January and you are invited to join us in January 2010.
Here’s what’s happening. As a member of the CopsAlive group you will have a chance to meet with other cops in private meetings while… Continue reading
We have all heard the stories about other cops kids getting into trouble but it’s NEVER our kids is it? Those of us from law enforcement families know that sometimes it’s the kids of police officers that suffer because of our careers too.
Well this time it was my kid, an adult child, who I thought was past all that until he checked himself into a drug and alcohol treatment center for 30 days and my eyes were opened up.
What is it about some cops? Are we too lenient in not wanting to play cop at home and police our own kids? Or is it that we are too strict at home and… Continue reading
As part of our continuing search for the “hidden dangers” of police work, CopsAlive.com examines the issues surrounding shift work, stress and the importance of proper sleep to keep police officers rested and ready for the job.
According to a large British study released in September of 2007 and reported by Reuters “People who do not get enough sleep are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease, Although the reasons are unclear, researchers said lack of sleep appeared to be linked to increased blood pressure, which is known to raise the risk of heart attacks and stroke. A 17-year analysis of 10,000 government workers… Continue reading
Today is Law Day in the U.S. and the theme from the American Bar Association this year, which is the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, is “A Legacy of Liberty”. As we held our state ceremony at the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial I thought about all those police officers who have given their lives to create that Legacy of Liberty in the United States and all those still serving who sacrifice their lives and perhaps part of their souls each day Continue reading
Police officers are like most people and have no idea how much they pay for investment, insurance, or retirement advice. A lot of people mistakenly assume they receive free advice. Some advisors do not explain their fees and many consumers do not take the time to ask. People in law enforcement, like most people, are usually shocked when I explain how much they’ve been paying in commissions or fees.
CopsAlive was founded to help police officers, sheriffs deputies and other law enforcement professionals survive their career and be able to live happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond.
We know that there are a lot of challenges between you and that successful life and we also know that there isn’t a lot of research to answer some of the major questions about the hidden dangers of police work and why cops have a higher incidence of cancer, divorce, stress related issues, alcoholism etc than the general population. Until we are able to fund our own research we have to start somewhere and that is with all of you in the profession. At least CopsAlive can survey the opinions of policing professionals and determine where more long term research needs to be conducted. To that end we are asking you to participate in one of our anonymous surveys.
Currently CopsAlive has four surveys in the field. They are:
CopsAlive Mixed Topic Opinion Survey – CLICK HERE to take this survey
This survey asks questions about your opinions of the job and the risks inheirent within our profession.
CopsAlive Perfect Retirement Survey – CLICK HERE to take this survey
This survey asks questions about your vision of your retirement and obstacles between you and a perfect retirement.
Personal Threat Assessment Survey – CLICK HERE to take this survey
This survey asks questions about what threats you perceive to your life and career.
CopsAlive Online Networking Survey – CLICK HERE to take this survey
This quick survey asks about how you communicate so we as law enforcement professionals can find better ways to stay in touch and communicate most effectively.
These are all short and quick surveys to take and will not waste your time. We will publish the findings of each on CopsAlive once we have established a broad enough bases for the survey.
We will also add new surveys as the need arises so please check the SURVEYS Tab on the CopsAlive main page.
You’ve probably heard of the stimulus package because the media has been obsessed with it since February 17th when it was signed, but you may not know how it pertains to you. As police officers or other law enforcement professionals this Act will have the same effect on you as other Americans but you should understand what it does. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as it’s formally named, is a blend of tax cuts, Continue reading
I just finished reading, well listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s newest book: “Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling” and found the book to be in itself very inspirational. The book is very spiritual and that may turn some of you off but it is worth reading and if you are not ready for it now, you will be someday.
I said I read it well actually I listened to the audio book first through my account at Audible.com and then as I do with many books I bought the hard cover copy so that I could actually see the words. I don’t know about you but I’m in the car a lot and most times can digest educational materials better if I listen to them and that’s why I have an annual membership with Audible.com so that I can just download the mp3 files to my iPod and play them in my car or when I’m working out. But if I really want to learn and remember something I also buy the book so that when I’m listening to something, usually for the second time, I can turn to that page in the book and review the concept and remember them better for having seen them. This works much better if the author is mentioning a chart, graph or even website or address. Continue reading
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