Interview with Carolyn Whiting the Co-author of “The Crazy Lives of Police Wives”

CrazyLivesOfPoliceWivesCoverIn May we published an article written by Carolyn Whiting the co-author of “The Crazy Lives of Police Wives” and I asked her if she would sit down and speak with about the book and her experiences as a former police officer and police wife.

Carolyn Whiting was a police officer for six years and she met Bob, her husband of twenty five years, while working in the same Police department. Carolyn retired due to a back injury and has been a housewife for the past twenty two years while her husband continues to work at the same department where they met. He has over thirty six years in law enforcement. Carolyn has a BA in Geography and was halfway through her MBA when she left graduate school to pursue her life-long dream of being a Police Officer, a decision she has not regretted.

The book is available at in both a paperback and Kindle version as well as at Barnes & Noble in paperback and for the nook.

Carolyn told me that the idea for the book came about after a discussion she had 3 or 4 years ago with… Continue reading

Invitation to a Seminar Featuring Sean Riley of Safe Call Now

The Canyon at Santa Monica Outpatient Services would like to invite you to their Lunch & Learn Event with Sean Riley Founder of Safe Call Now where they will be discussing: “Resources for First Responders Coping with Stress & PTSD”.  Read Below for Details Continue reading

We Need This Phone Number

There have been too many stories in the news lately of cops gone bad.  Let’s create a better system to support and help them before this happens again.

Make a two-fold “True Blue” commitment in 2012.  One is to work diligently to reduce the number of officers killed in the line of duty, and secondly, to work to save the many officers that are suffering emotionally and faltering professionally.  Here is an excellent resource: The Safe Call Now hotline for first responders.  Let’s also Protect and Serve our own this year!

Memorize it and post it wherever you can: Safe Call Now 206-459-3020

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CopsAlive is written to prompt discussions within our profession about the issues of law enforcement career survival. We invite you… Continue reading

What Is YOUR Tactical Action Plan for 2012?

Editors Note: Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor Sgt. Mark St. Hilaire as he leads us off for a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

The New Year’s Resolution: What Is YOUR Action Plan for 2012?

As I reflect back on 2011, I am a little overwhelmed thinking about the things that occurred over the past year in my life.  I have experienced many changes in my agency, new commitments within my family and my community service, illnesses and the deaths of loved ones and friends, some physical changes as I approach the golden anniversary of my birth and most of all, observing and reading about law enforcement officers who self-destruct in their careers through their unusual behavior and actions on and off the job.   It has been an emotionally exhausting time and I am grateful for the many training opportunities, the maintenance of my fitness-eating plan and especially my peers who helped prepare me to meet these challenges.

As this New Year begins, many people participate in the ritual of a New Year’s Resolution.  Many people accept the challenge and yes, many of our resolutions succumb to an early death.  I stopped making resolutions on the annual basis because I felt discouraged when I could not keep my resolutions.

In the New Year of 1996, I had been a police officer about 10 years. I weighed about 350 lbs.; I had a distorted view of my career, working nights, an adult beverage problem.   I had come to the point that I was so frustrated and I was miserable… Continue reading

First Responders – PTSD & Addiction Symposium

Safe Call Now the crisis hotline for cops and first responders and Hazelden Treatment Centers are sponsoring a symposium on “First Responders – PTSD and Addiction” in Bellevue Washington on June 10th.

Learn from leading experts as they address issues surrounding PTSD and addiction problems among public safety and emergency services employees. Key topics include addressing the matters that impact… Continue reading

Please Donate to Safe Call Now’s End of the Year Giving Campaign!

As we wind up a very successful year here at we ask that you consider giving to Safe Call Now in support of their ongoing efforts to save the lives of public safety employees and their families.  Without your help, they cannot continue to provide those much needed services to our first responders.  Every dollar donated, no matter how big or small, goes directly to help saving one of your own.  To make a secure online donation please visit: or to donate by check: “Safe Call Now” – 2949 4th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134.  I invite you to show your support for law enforcement, police, and other public safety employees and their family members by donating to Safe Call Now.  Thank you for your support!

We at wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season!

Here is a personal message from Sean Riley the Executive Director of Safe Call Now:

These past years have been difficult for most of us – but for those struggling with a personal crisis – they have been devastating.

Safe Call Now is a 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety employees and their family members nationwide. Safe Call Now has a clear vision to help those in need find healthy alternatives, resources and education. Since it’s date of inception, Safe Call Now has placed over 100 public safety employees into substance abuse treatment and referred out over 2,000 families for services.
Now, more than ever – we need to do more. When you support Safe Call Now, you’ll have a direct and immediate impact of the lives of those who help protect us.
When you donate to Safe Call Now, you help provide:
live 24-hour crisis telephone referral services; a safe place to turn to get help from individuals who understand the demands of a public safety career and who may have endured the same struggles; continuing development of public safety special services; on-going training for public safety employees & their families; and most importantly YOU are saving lives, families & careers

It’s never been more important for us to support each other. I invite you to show your support for public safety employees and their family members in need by donating to Safe Call Now. Please visit our website to make a secure donation or pay by check to: “Safe Call Now” • 2949 4th Ave. South • Seattle, WA 98134.
To learn more about Safe Call Now’s work, check out Thank you for your support!
Happy holidays to you and your family!

Sean Riley Executive Director

Safe Call Now is a registered 501(c)(3) organization with a Federal tax identification number of #26-3430343. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this donation. was founded to provide information and strategies to help police officers successfully survive their careers.  We help law enforcement officers and their agencies prepare for the risks that threaten their existence.

We do this by Helping Law Enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond.  We think the best strategy is for each officer to create a tactical plan for their own life and career.

The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) works with individuals and organizations to help them create and sustain success in their lives and careers as law enforcement professionals.  It is the primary goal of The Law Enforcement Survival Institute to become the preeminent source for training, resources and information about how to create and sustain a happy, healthy and successful life and career while providing superior law enforcement service to your community.

Check Out the First “Safe Call Now” Conference

“Safe Call Now” the tremendous organization that provides a crisis hotline for first responders are hosting their first conference on addiction and mental health issues found in and around the public safety sector.

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Eastside Church, Bothell, WA
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Safe Call Now is a quality, confidential & comprehensive crisis referral service for public safety employees & their families nationwide.

Safe Call Now will be providing a day of education for all first responders, families and supporters. (All  first  responders  to  include,  but  not  limited  to: law  enforcement,  fire  fighters,  corrections, civilian  support   staff  and  family  members.) Continue reading

Wellness Advice From A 30 Year Veteran of Law Enforcement

I met Chuck Wright at the Springbrook Law Enforcement Wellness Summit a couple of months back and was very impressed by the vast amount of wisdom and experience he had accumulated in a law enforcement career that spanned over 30 years and is continuing today as he works with the first responder hotline “Safe Call Now“. I wanted you to share in some of that wisdom so I conducted a telephone interview with Chuck and was completely impressed with the quality of the stress management tips he had to offer other law enforcement officers.

In our interview Chuck, a 30 year veteran of law enforcement who served as both a parole and probation officer for the State of Washington and who is also a licensed mental health professional, told me about his background and also the challenges he faced during his career. He started as a probation/parole officer and early in his career became a licensed mental health professional. He began working with sexual and violent offenders and eventually worked with over 10,000 of them. He has also become an expert in working with law enforcement officers who have to cope with the stress of working with the worst of the worst offenders. Because of his expertise in this and other areas of mental health, he was chosen to work on the Task Force to find the Green River Serial Killer Gary Ridgeway. After Ridgeway’s arrest in 2001, nearly 20 years after the first murder, he confessed to 48 murders, more confirmed murders than any other serial killer in American history.

Because of this work Chuck was asked to address the FBI Academy about issues surrounding the stress effects to investigators working… Continue reading

Crisis Intervention for Police Officers

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