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.
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Riley the Founder and President of Safe Call Now, a crisis intervention program for law enforcement personnel located in the Seattle area of Washington State here in the U.S..
Safe Call Now works with over 400 volunteers to help law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other emergency service workers navigate through any crisis that might challenge their lives and careers.
The program has a very notable board of directors and has the backing of many state, local and federal organizations.
According to Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen
“the program was set up to help officers and their families through difficult circumstances. This confidential service… Continue reading
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.
We recently had a chance to review the book “Don’t Look at Me in That Tone of Voice” and found it fascinating. We interviewed Author Rik D. Middleton who wrote the book at the urging of a friend who is with the Glendale California S.W.A.T. team and the state secretary for California Association of Hostage Negotiators. She had heard him speak on communications and asked if he could do the presentation for her team. Now using the book as part of his program Rik travels the country training law enforcement teams on “The Art of Visual Listening”. Rik is President of Sage Cadre Publishing and the Chief Operating Officer of ExecutivExpression Inc.
ExecutivExpression offers services that include accent reduction, as well as focusing on important subtle cultural and functional aspects of language and communication.
We’ve mentioned this before but as I have been watching the news lately there seems to be a preponderance of evidence to support this claim and I wanted to share some of the links with you. To begin with you will find an excellent article in yesterday’s Boston Globe Sunday Magazine that has an excellent perspective on the issues. CLICK HERE to read their article. Forgive the links showing below but I wanted you to see where they are coming from.
Switzerland – January 26, 2010 – Police chief found dead on eve of Davos meeting
Taiwan – A policeman shot himself to death early January 23, 2010 at the Hsinsheng South Road police substation of the Daan Precinct in Taipei, marking Taiwan’s second police shooting suicide in 10 days.
Philadelphia – January 25, 2010 Police in Philadelphia say an off-duty officer who died following a crash earlier in the week apparently killed himself.
India – December 22, 2009 ‘Harassed’ by senior, cop commits suicide. A sub-inspector with the… Continue reading
For those of you who are looking for New Year’s fitness ideas heres one from my friend and fitness author Jon Benson who was also on our cruise and that was part of a 3-week business vacation during which he LOST 11 pounds of body fat while I gained 6 pounds on the same cruise. I met Jon on our first CopsAlive Cruise three years ago and this is a product that we use and have sold on CopsAlive for over a year. If you are in law enforcement and struggle to maintain your wellness or are a police officer who is having trouble losing weight this might be for you.
Here’s an email Jon sent me this week detailing how he lost weight while I gained on the same trip… Enjoy!
How I dropped 11 lbs… on vacation?
It was the weirdest thing …
I mean, I’ve been around you know? I’ve had just about every body and fat loss experience you can think of… the good, the bad, the ugly…
… and now the really bizarre.
Here’s the story:
I took off on an 8-day cruise to the Caribbean. This was a “business” cruise (yeah, right)… and I knew there was no way to eat the way I prefer to eat. At least not ideally. After that I had to speak in Tampa Florida at a fitness summit, then off to Las Vegas for yet another summit meeting.
All-in-all I was gone for almost three weeks.
First thing that I knew had to go was my “ideal” diet plan.
That’s my “Extreme” Plan on the Every Other Day Diet plan…
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
Yesterday I had a chance to talk with Linda, a police officers wife, and a member of the board of directors of The National Police Wives Association. Linda and I had an excellent discussion about what it’s like to be married to a cop and what it means to be in a relationship with someone in a law enforcement career. As a police wife, Linda told me that she has to be part of an entire law enforcement agency’s family and all that comes with it. She told me about creating an support network with other police wives and how she deals with stress. We talked about raising kids in a police family and about how cops deal with line of duty deaths.
You can learn more about The National Police Wives Association or contact Linda directly by CLICKING HERE to visit their website at www.NationalPoliceWivesAssociation.org.
If you would like to listen to our interview please click the replay button below or RIGHT CLICK HERE (that’s CONTROL CLICK if you use a Mac) to download (SAVE LINK AS…) a copy of the mp3 file.