What is the most frightening thing a police officer will ever face?
What takes more courage to confront than any other single thing in law enforcement?
What is the one thing that we have pledged above all to our brothers and sisters in law enforcement?
The answer to all three of these questions is the same: “Taking care of our own” and more specifically: 1) confronting a peer who is losing control of their life or their career, and working to get them some help; 2) Having the strength to maintain the “thin blue line” and rescue a co-worker who is battling alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, or suicidal thoughts; and finally 3) “Never Leaving Anyone Behind” because if we don’t take care of our own, who will? Unfortunately many times that pledge is a hollow one if we don’t have the courage to confront the people we should care about, before things get way out of control.
At the Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) we have coined the term “True Blue Valor™”
The concept of “True Blue Valor™” is where one law enforcement officer has to muster the courage to confront a peer who is slipping both professionally, and personally, and endangering themselves, their peers and the public. It takes a system of organizational support and professional leadership to support and foster the concept of courage and intervention.
As part of our Law Enforcement Survival Institution training we recommend that you consider the concept of True Blue Valor™. Most importantly, when you are talking about the team concept… Continue reading