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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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

Columns

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

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8 ways police leaders can improve morale

8 ways police leaders can improve morale

Morale is a thermometer for the health of your department. High morale helps officers cope with the day-to-day demands, the ups and downs of the job, and with issues and discouragement that often coincide with them. - Full Story

Columns

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

Videos

Pavlok wearable fitness tracker

The PAVLOK is a design by Maneesh Sethi, the guy who hired someone to slap him every time he accessed Facebook in order to increase his productivity. The PAVLOK takes the activity meter one step further toward behavior modification: It shocks its users when they stray from their programmed goal. While it doesn’t exactly tell time, I wouldn't argue with it.

Columns

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

Columns

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

Columns

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

Tips

Your life is worth the sweat

When was the last time you entered a gym, ran a mile in under 6 or 7 minutes, or threw down for some... - Full Story Secure - Law Enforcement Only

Columns

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



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