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 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
While working on the CopsAlive blog post “Successful Cop – Jeffery Hart“, I came across another interesting and successful police officer who is doing cool things to help you and your law enforcement agency create a successful Wellness Program. I love it when a police officer is successful in his or her career and then does something else to improve the world or their own lives and it’s an added bonus when they do something that helps other cops. That’s what this thirty year detective does with his wellness traiining. Continue reading
Lt. Col. Jeffery Hart is the Assistant Chief of Police in Morganfield Kentucky, he is a successful cop and he is a lucky man. I came across Jeff’s story when I was researching the heart defect that took the life of Colorado Police Officer Nick Heine. See our blog on “Are You Planning for the Un-Expected?” Officer Heine was a healthy 30 year old police officer who collapsed when he was running from one disturbance call to another. He died later at the hospital from an undiscovered heart defect. Jeff was 43 years old when he was responding to a robbery alarm and had a major heart problem that nearly took his life. Jeff was lucky and had a chance to change his life and health, Nick was not. How’s your health? What do you do on a daily basis to maintain your wellness? Continue reading
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