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Conversations with the “Cop Doc”

Check out the newest Law Enforcement Family Network Flashlight Series YouTube Video

Once you have watched this informative and fun video, please sure to comment below on the connection you made to this video!

 

 

 

The Science of Sleep

Dr Stephen James, from WSU School of Nursing and the Sleep and Performance Research Center, has some vital information about the impact of shift work on law enforcement officers.

Sleep deprivation is a health concern and it can influence everything from reaction time to safe driving for police officers. Dr Stephen James offers insight and practical information for coping with the chaos of the first responder schedule.

 

Dr. Stephen James

WSU School of Nursing

Sleep and Performance Research Center

stevejames@nullwsu.edu

 

Resources:

Sleep Deprivation Article HERE

USA Today Sleep Article HERE

WSU Nursing Article HERE

 

 

 

Finding Our Tribe

2020 has been a year that has put many things we take for granted to the test.

To keep ourselves safe, we have practiced social distancing and limited the time we spend with the important people in our lives.

Social isolation has led to loneliness and that has created an epidemic of loneliness.

Our friends Chris and Lacy Wolff of Forge Resilience in Texas talk about the importance of connection, for law enforcement officers and their families.

 

Resources:

Forge Resilience Website

A Great Read!

 

 

In this together….

Detective Carrie McNally from the Seattle Police Department shares about women in law enforcement and the changes she has seen over the course of her career. Carrie’s passion for law enforcement and for encouraging both men and women police officers, is an important and timely message.

Carrie’s Recommendations: Click the links for more information!

Betsy Brantner Smith

Julie Werhnyak

History of Women in Policing

Detective Carrie McNally can be reached at  Carrie.McNally@nullseattle.gov

 

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Purpose. Perseverance. Peace.

September is National Suicide Awareness month.

The impact of suicide on law enforcement is an important conversation for law enforcement officers and their families.

Officers are exposed to extreme stress on the job and the impact of that stress is accumulative and it can take a toll.

Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about but it is important to have these uncomfortable conversations so we can help dispel the stigma and assure that the message of hope can break through the trauma and isolation of police work.

The Law Enforcement Family Network Flashlight series is committed to putting helpful resources in your hands and this episode on Law Enforcement Suicide is full of vital…maybe even life saving… information.

Chief Jeff Myers starts the conversation about an experience that impacted the Hoquiam Police Department and then Dr. Robert Douglas from the National Police Suicide Foundation offers some special insight into the impact of Suicide on Law Enforcement officers and their families.

Please take a moment and listen.

You are not alone.

 

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Together…. We can make an impact

Sheriff Brian Burnett from Chelan County talks about the importance of his faith on this Flashlight episode.  He talks about how  faith practices have been a foundational for him during his law enforcement career and shares his own strategies for starting his day in the book of Proverbs.  Sheriff Burnett also speaks about the importance of finding connections through mentoring that can provide strength during times of unpredictability.

He mentions a leadership book by Henry Blackaby that he has found very helpful.

Here is the Amazon link to that book: Spiritual Leadership

 

 

 

4-7-8 Breathing

Chris and Lacy Wolff are back for another episode of the Behind the Badge Foundation LEFN Flashlight series. Chris and Lacy are wellness trainers for first responders and in the last episode they spoke about having a sense of  what is external and internal as a form of stress reduction.

 

In this episode they provide some insightful information into 4 7 8 breathing and why it is so helpful to officer and their families. Lacy and Chris explain and demonstrate this helpful breathing method in a way that is useful for stress that arises during a shift or the stress families feel in the ever-changing circumstances of 2020. This  practical technique is time tested for first responders and simple enough to teach your children.

 

HERE is an article about 4 7 8 breathing that also says it can be very helpful for falling asleep.

If you’d like more information about Chris and Lacy visit their WEBSITE

 

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Energy Management

In this Flashlight episode brought to you by Behind the Badge Foundation’s Law Enforcement Family Network, Chris and Lacy Wolff talk conserving energy, a topic that is very important for first responders and their families.

Chris and Lacy have worked with the military for years teaching about the importance of physical and emotional resilience. In the next couple of Flashlight episodes, Chris and Lacy are going to talk about wellness from a mental, physical, social, tactical and spiritual perspective.

In this first episode they talk about stoicism and some of the ways that philosophy can be grounding. Here is a good definition of stoicism from an article written by Ryan Holiday and published in Thrive Global.

“Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.”

You can read the entire article HERE

Chris and Lacy talk about understanding what you can control and what you can’t and how understanding the difference helps reduce stress and contribute to wellness.

You may contact Lacy and Chris through their WEBSITE