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Diversity Training for Police

One of the most contentious social issues at present is the relationship between police officers and minority communities. Specifically, concerns about police use of excessive force were brought to the forefront after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

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Well-Being and Retired Police Officers

Retirement from the force has several implications for police officer well-being, and, in recent years, there has been a drastic increase in the number of officers retiring. In fact, The Police Executive Research Forum (2021) reports that, between 2020 and 2021, there was a 45% rise in retirement rates among police officers. Due to the …

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Resilience and Police

Frequent exposure to stressful experiences not only has a negative impact on the individual, but can have long lasting effects on systems as a whole. Resilience training has become a popular and important tool in facilitating well-being within high-risk occupations, especially law enforcement.

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Police and the Media

A common point of stress for police officers is the inaccurate way they are portrayed within the media. Graziano (2018) points out the association between negative media depictions and resulting negative attitudes towards police, particularly since the death of Michael Brown (Nix & Pickett, 2017). A timely example is Newiss’ (2022) study, in which officers …

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Police Wellness Resources

There are a growing number of wellness resources tailored for law enforcement. We put together a guide of our top five websites for finding the best tools out there.

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Mindfulness for Police

Police officers are at high risk of many forms of mental illness. Practicing mindfulness is a proven method of reducing this risk and building resilience in the law enforcement community.

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