Resources for shifting from 'Warrior' to 'Guardian' mindset

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The warrior mindset in policing has for years been abundantly discussed in books, article, interviews and training. Here are some writings of those who’ve worked in law enforcement who recommend a shift toward police self-identifying as ‘Guardians’ first and foremost.

From warriors to guardians — returning American police culture to democratic ideals by former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr and Stephen Rice. 

Police must adapt from warriors to guardians by Truckee (Calif.) Police Chief Adam Gill. 

It’s Time to Change Police Training: Moving Police From Warriors to Guardians by former Madison Police Chief David Couper who also worked on the Minneapolis PD’s tactical squad.

Madison Police Chief on the power of words – warrior vs. guardian, Rotary talk by Chief Mike Koval. 

‘Be Guardians, Not Warriors': Training A New Generation Of Police interview with John DeCarlo, 34-year police veteran.

Law Enforcement’s “Warrior” Problem by Seth Stoughton, former police officer and founding member of his department’s Special Response Team.

Blue Courage – The Heart and the Mind of the Guardian

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