The Police Chief Update
December Issue
The definition of a “healthy community” is somewhat nebulous, but it is generally accepted that healthy communities are low in crime and disorder and are home to community members who feel safe, who are engaged, and who work together to improve the quality of life for the whole community. Social health issues such as a dearth of mental health resources, homelessness, drug use, and inequality can all have damaging effects on the health of a community, and law enforcement has a responsibility to work with the community to find solutions.
 
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The community can be law enforcement’s strongest ally, and the public can serve as eyes and ears for law enforcement. The Australian Federal Police are taking advantage of this resource by educating the public, including parents, teachers, and caregivers, to improve the cyber safety of children and reduce child exploitation, particularly online child predation.
 
The new twist in drug use and abuse is the synthesis of extraordinarily concentrated—and thus more potent—analogues for heroin and other opioids. As this issue progresses, there is much concern about the risk to first responders; however, appropriate, realistic training and equipment in the hands of well-motivated peace keepers can protect the officers, save lives, and make their communities better places to live.
 
The Atlanta, Georgia, Police Department’s HOPE team is dedicated to helping connect people experiencing homelessness with the appropriate social services to help get them off the street. Having trained officers who understand the nature of homelessness and the needs of those living outdoors ensures the city is able to connect individuals to services, rather than criminalizing homelessness.
 
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Contributing to Healthy Communities through the One Mind Campaign
 
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Why is Sleep Important? The Critical Importance of Sleep for Police Officers
 
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