Officer Safety Corner: Building Financial Strength in Law Enforcement Families

Officer wellness is an important contemporary topic in law enforcement, and many agencies and organizations have developed programs to help officers get in shape, expand their education, and deal with the mental stress of the profession. Unfortunately, one of the most neglected topics regarding officer wellness is financial health. In fact, officer finances has become an almost taboo subject that no one likes to discuss, even though it affects everyone. Every employed person makes and spends money, but what kind of stress does that money add to their lives when they don’t have control of their money? The average officer will earn well over $1 million in salary over his or her career, and some of the youngest officers will surpass $2.5 million in earnings over a 30-year career.

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