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MAY 2017 ISSUE
Officer Safety and Wellness
It’s no secret that law enforcement officers’ safety is often at risk, but officer safety and wellness encompasses all elements of their well-being—physical, emotional, and mental—going far beyond the day-to-day risks their jobs entail. Whether its researching resilience, improving safety policies, instituting innovative programs, or exploring new partnerships, law enforcement experts and professionals are taking note of this important issue and taking steps to increase all aspects of officer safety and wellness.
 
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Operation Thrive: An Action Plan for Strategic Wellness Success
It’s time to connect top health research and best practices into a system that strategically strengthens and energizes the workforce, while improving quality and length of life. It’s time for innovative law enforcement wellness programs to step up to the task. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has taken a firm step in the right direction by creating a cost-free wellness program known for positive measurable results: Operation Thrive.
 
360 Degrees of Self-Survival
It is the obligation of leaders to create balanced officers, strong in both policing skills and psychological and spiritual grounding, who can meet the rigors of law enforcement. This task of leadership includes more than just exhortation in roll call training; it also includes creating an environment in which individual officers feel empowered to develop the full range of awareness and capabilities described above—an internal armor, so to speak—to succeed.
 
Humanizing the Stress of Policing: A Non-Diagnostic Approach to Teaching Stress Resilience
An individual’s perception of low or no control over a stress trigger in the environment and the inability to make sense of why and how the experience occurred are major factors influencing the escalation of stress into anxiety. With training, individuals can learn to recognize stress triggers and physical biomarkers, eventually leading to an ability to regulate current and future reactions to the triggers.
 
COLUMNS AND DEPARTMENTS
President’s Message
Implementing All Aspects of Officer Safety and Wellness
 
Legislative Alert
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Attends 2017 IACP Division Midyear Meeting
 
Chief’s Counsel
The Evolving Law of the Digital Crime Scene
 
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