Officer Safety Corner: Building Healthy and Resilient Law Enforcement Families in Bend, Oregon

How many times do officers decide against discussing their daily activities with their family for the sole purpose of wanting to protect them from all the negativity and toxicity a job in law enforcement exposes one to? How many families have had to wait an extra 20 minutes at a restaurant just so their law enforcement family member could have that corner table to keep his or her back against the wall? How often do law enforcement families get the pleasure of listening to the officer’s ongoing dialogue about search warrants, arrests, or death investigations while driving through the community in which the officer serves (and, often, the family lives)? These are just a few of the many unusual situations imposed upon law enforcement families.

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A study conducted over an eight-year period (2008–2016) by Badge for Life shows that the rate of suicide in 2008 for law enforcement was 17 per 100,000 officers. This compares to a rate of 11 per 1...
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It is no secret that many first responders, especially police officers experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and high levels of stress. Despite the prevalence of these issues, training the ...
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Chief Kevin Meyer, of the Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, Police Department, has been doing police work for more than 20 years. During his years of service, Chief Meyer has been fitness conscious an...
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Without a sufficient amount of quality sleep, a police officer can experience impaired performance. However, it is not only performance, but also physical and mental health that can be adversely affec...
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The law enforcement profession must recognize the importance of officer safety and wellness. Officers see, hear, and face things that most people will not witness in their life-times, and the resultin...
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Approximately 1,000 people in the United States alone die each day from sudden cardiac arrest, leading to approximately half a million deaths each year.1 Currently, the only effective treatment for ca...
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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...
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Emotional health and wellness is one of the most critical issues facing law enforcement, yet it is one of the least addressed. The stress and trauma faced by officers have adverse effects on their emo...
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Many law enforcement agencies use physical fitness tests, which include cardiovascular (cardio) and flexibility components, to ensure new hires can handle the physical demands of police work. This fit...
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Two words that explain the bond that is formed between K9 handlers and their K9s are loyalty and companionship. The bond that forms between a K9 handler and the K9 is a very special one, and each such...