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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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
November 04, 2014
Why SWAT cops need to be their own fitness instructors Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Why SWAT cops need to be their own fitness instructors

Stress and fatigue are your two biggest enemies while trying to function in a tactical environment - Full Story
October 26, 2014
IACP 2014: Mental health interventions in the aftermath of a mass casualty event Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

IACP 2014: Mental health interventions in the aftermath of a mass casualty event

2 surprising strategies for dealing with the aftermath of a mass casualty event were gleaned at an afternoon seminar session in the Police Psychological Services Section Track - Full Story
October 20, 2014
4 keys to living in police reality (not police fiction) Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

4 keys to living in police reality (not police fiction)

Living your life based on police stereotypes sets you up for failure — look to those police officers who are successful professionally and personally and use them as your guide, because that is the real world - Full Story



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Health - Physical and Mental Fitness Columnists

Practical Police Psychology Practical Police Psychology
with Dr. Laurence Miller
Crisis Intervention and Domestic Violence Teams Crisis Intervention and Domestic Violence Teams
with Althea Olson and Mike Wasilewski