Health - Physical and Mental Fitness

Health - Physical and Mental Fitness

The Police Health - Physical and Mental Fitness topic provides cops with videos, training drills and expert advice to help ensure the officer’s head is straight and body is strong. Complete physical and psychological fitness - through regular trips to the gym, five-mile runs, and conversations with the police psychologist - is critical for an officer to perform the job to maximum potential.
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February 25, 2015
Why joint, back and shoulder pain are common in cops (and how to fix it) Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Why joint, back and shoulder pain are common in cops (and how to fix it)

There will never be a day when officers leave their duty belts and ballistic vests in the squad, so start taking preventative measures now — and take them often - Full Story
February 18, 2015
How to train for and heal from psychological 'holes' Jeff McGill - Mindset and Mental Health

How to train for and heal from psychological 'holes'

You have either been to a call or you are heading to the call in the future that will leave a hole in you, but you have an enormous amount of control in how you are changed by how you prepare - Full Story
January 21, 2015
Why agencies need a buddy-care model for rapid PTSI response Jeff McGill - Mindset and Mental Health

Why agencies need a buddy-care model for rapid PTSI response

It is time to work to remove the stigma for treatment of psychological injuries and push for early intervention - Full Story
January 16, 2015
Why are cops so mentally tough? It's genetic Dr. Michael Asken - Mental Toughness for Law Enforcement

Why are cops so mentally tough? It's genetic

The COMT gene — also known as the warrior/worrier gene — and its variations are involved with managing the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which influences resistance to stress and pain - Full Story
January 12, 2015
When cops kill: The psychology of deadly-force encounters Dr. Laurence Miller - Practical Police Psychology

When cops kill: The psychology of deadly-force encounters

The law does not require police officers to utilize the absolute minimum force necessary in a threat situation — only that the level of force used be reasonable to control a deadly threat - Full Story
December 26, 2014
5 technologies police can use to keep fitness on track Lindsey J. Bertomen - Police Products

5 technologies police can use to keep fitness on track

These tools strengthen officer’s mental alertness, physical fitness and training - Full Story
December 19, 2014
Injured on duty: The battle for benefits and the award that’s helping Barbara A. Schwartz - Living with the Sacrifice

Injured on duty: The battle for benefits and the award that’s helping

Too many officers are fighting the battle to classify their injuries as injured on duty (IOD), and a national dialogue needs to be started on this topic to establish universal guidelines and criteria - Full Story
December 16, 2014
How police can manage stress levels during mob-like situations American Military University - In Public Safety

How police can manage stress levels during mob-like situations

The pressure-cooker environment that law enforcement officers face during lawlessness and rioting can have long-lasting mental health consequences - Full Story
December 04, 2014
5 things police leaders can do to better report violence against officers Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

5 things police leaders can do to better report violence against officers

There is a vast under-reporting on assaults against our officers, and it is not the fault of the FBI — it is the fault of police leadership - Full Story
November 10, 2014
Training officers about issues facing combat veterans Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Training officers about issues facing combat veterans

The First Responder Initiative is designed to provide education to the first responder and law enforcement community about the unique needs of returning combat veterans - Full Story



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