Your Can’t Pour from an Empty COP

By Guest Author Jonathan Hickory As a cop, I live for my days off.  And when I finally get to my first off day—the day that I had planned to take on the world, Walmart, the gym, and that moldy stuff in the back of the fridge—I just want to disappear in between the cushionsContinue reading “Your Can’t Pour from an Empty COP”

Police Suicide – Are We Doing Enough?

It is commonly reported that in the United States a police officer dies in the line of duty every 58 hours.  The 2019 total reached 135 – a 19% decrease from the previous year.  But you’ll almost never see any statistics reported on the “other” line of duty death – police suicide – because thereContinue reading “Police Suicide – Are We Doing Enough?”

Breaking the Stigma – Part 1

There are a variety of incidents that first responders experience in the course of their work that can have an impact on their mental and emotional well-being.  Whether it’s just the constant activity during a shift that keeps them from being able to pause and rest once in a while, or exposure to the gruesomeContinue reading “Breaking the Stigma – Part 1”

How well do you understand PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) first appeared in the 3rd edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, back in 1980 (DSM-III).  The symptoms of PTSD are caused by exposure to specific types of traumatic incidents; however, the vast majority of people who experience trauma do not experienceContinue reading “How well do you understand PTSD?”

Have you heard about Police Identity Disorder?

By guest author Dr. Stephanie M. Conn Do you remember what you were like when you became a police officer?  How does this person compare to who you are today?  Chances are, if it was just last year that you joined, you are not a drastically different person but I would bet you are different. Continue reading “Have you heard about Police Identity Disorder?”