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10 Non-Verbals All Officers Should Be Able to Recognize & Interpret

Jul 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

[Note: The following information is taken from the new training textbook, Street Survival II. ILEETA members will receive a 10% discount on this title if you use the code: ILEETA10 at check out. To order, click here.] When it comes to securing and maintaining your tactical advantage, the ability to recognize and interpret non-verbal communication when dealing with potentially troublesome subjects can be one of the most powerful officer safety ... Full Article »

The Dissatisfied Officer

Jul 03, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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Job satisfaction, or lack thereof, ranks among one of the most commonly discussed topics in law enforcement. If an officer is unhappy on the job, the key question is why? Certainly there are plenty of academic studies on this topic, most of which cite issues that can have an impact on an officer’s state of mind such as work/life balance, the inherent stress of the job, emotional and physical challenges, their level of ability to navigate “off... Full Article »

The Wounded Blue: Never Forgotten, Never Alone

Jul 03, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Crawford Coates

“My foremost goal as a filmmaker is to continue to tell impactful stories that shed a positive light on the law enforcement community,” says filmmaker Jason Harney. He’s been a movie buff for as long as he can remember. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying a full career at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department—as an FTO, detective, field training sergeant, among many roles there. In the 1990s he started, as he puts it, “han... Full Article »

Latest Findings about Cops and the Mentally Ill

Jul 01, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Charles Remsberg

In this edition: I. Latest findings about cops & the mentally ill II. Free resources on arrest-related deaths from non-firearm causes I. Voices from the front lines: Latest findings about cops & the mentally ill An officer in Tennessee was interviewing the bed-bound complainant on a disturbance call when this horror story suddenly erupted: With a chilling cry, a male who was long off his meds for schizophrenia charged in from another... Full Article »

The Asher Model

Jun 25, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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It’s the early morning hours of May 2nd, 1993 and I was awoken by the jarring sound of the phone ringing; on the other end was a friend of mine and fellow squad member. Sounding distraught he declared “Asher is dead!” referring to another squad member of ours and an academy classmate and friend of mine. Immediately my thoughts turned to Asher being shot and killed in the line of duty. Police Suicide never crossed my mind, why would it? This... Full Article »

BOOK REVIEW: Mindful Responder

Jun 25, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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[Note: We received the following unsolicited review of our latest publication, Mindful Responder: The First Responder's Field Guide to Improved Resilience, Fulfillment, Presence, & Fitness--On & Off the Job. Much appreciated!] I just finished reading Crawford Coates' book Mindful Responder. Amazing work!  It's the first book that I've read that directly communicates eminently useful practices for the first responder. [caption id="... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

Jun 13, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We as LEOs aren’t strangers to performance under stress. Often negotiating many stressful situations in a single tour of duty, I wonder: What can cause mistakes or, even worse, panic during our daily rollercoaster ride? A sports analogy: Your favorite NFL receiver misses a sideline catch on the third down and fails to move the chains. Or when you musically inclined folks drop a string of notes during your solo. How about asking your high-s... Full Article »

Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!  

Jun 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

There’s a beauty about getting older—you become more comfortable in your own skin. The need for approval diminishes, you’re more confident in life and you can speak your mind without the fear of rejection. But if you want to stay comfortable in your own skin as you age, you need to protecting it properly! Consider this scenario: You put your gear in your unit and ready to hit the streets. Before the day gets rolling, the commander rev... Full Article »

The M Word

May 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Most first responders run from the idea of meditation nearly as fast as they would run toward the proverbial flames and gunshots of their training. And I get that impulse. The first time I tried meditation I just about lost my mind. The stillness and quiet—beyond oppressive. What was the point of it all? I had better things to be doing! What had I gotten myself into? But thankfully and luckily I worked past those reactions. My point: As a bu... Full Article »

The #1 Killer

May 17, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

The work of first response comes with occupational hazards, including psychological injury. Knowing and accepting this is the first step. Beyond that, how do we build resilience throughout our agencies and ranks? Register here.  And when stress becomes acute, how do we best support our brothers and sisters in weathering the storm? When: May 29, 10 a.m. PDT Cost: FREE REGISTER NOW.  Addressing these critical issues is Dr. D... Full Article »

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

May 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

Mindfulness is, at this point, an almost meaningless concept for many. It reeks of an attractive middle-age woman sitting cross-legged in a field of grass with OK signs planted on each knee. She’s ridden a bike here, it seems, and eats lots of salad, and doesn’t do much more than that. How many times, furthermore, have I heard it suggested that we “mindfully” brush our teeth? Do the dishes? Clean house? And if you were to put the adverb ... Full Article »

No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

Apr 08, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Daniel Flippo

I recently found myself standing in line at a local grocery store, grabbing a few items on my way home from a long day at work. As I stood there next in line, I heard the cashier tell the customer ahead of me, “Yup, there are no bad days.” She agreed, replying, “Yes, it’s all about your attitude.” No Bad Days It must have been one of those days, or perhaps it was that I was tired and had been contemplating the loss of eight officers ... Full Article »

The Go-Bag

Mar 19, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Publisher's note: The following post was first published by Lexipol and is reprinted here with permission. For more about Lexipol--and more exclusive content--visit www.Lexipol.com.] From the academy to retirement, most public safety careers impact the lives of those closest to the employee—friends, parents, siblings, a spouse, children. Everyone in the extended family, at some point, will experience unique challenges as part of a public saf... Full Article »

Your Career in Crescendo

Mar 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

Ever since he was old enough to crawl, a boy we know has proven to be very excitable. He’s usually moving at high speed generally, but can reach supersonic levels in no time. For example, when his mother plays certain parts of his favorite songs on the piano, he hits top speed. Top speed happens during the moments of crescendo in the song. He feels the buildup and can hardly contain himself when the music reaches its maximum volume and intensit... Full Article »

Emotional Competence

Feb 26, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

Once while driving I reached down to turn on the radio for some music, only to discover the radio was already on. I had done this a few times before. Curious this time, I paused and backtracked what I had been thinking and feeling. I realized I was anxious and looking to be distracted from my own thoughts. We do this in ways big and small: When we feel depressed, sad, or bad in some way, we seek something that will make us feel different. The lis... Full Article »

The Power of One Time

Feb 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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2019 marks the 30th year I’ve been involved in Japanese martial arts. During my 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to have trained with a number of Japanese Masters. I’ve found many parallels from the martial arts context to the law enforcement profession. None of the wonderful teachings I have received seem to be as timely or as profound as the Japanese idiom “Ichi-Go Ichi-E,” which translates to “One time, one meeting.” In Japanese, ... Full Article »

Taking Care of the Human Behind the Badge

Jan 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Editor’s Note: This article is from the Cordico Law Enforcement Wellness App, which also provides audio content from Chief Tejada to help law enforcement develop a strong mindfulness practice.] Unlike most other professions, law enforcement is an emotionally challenging and often physically dangerous career. The nature of policing places law enforcement officers in situations where trauma is unavoidable, chronic stress and post-traumatic st... Full Article »

Training Scars

Jan 30, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Peter Ebel Peter Ebel

We in law enforcement wear our scars proudly. The ones on the exterior are reminders that this is the most noble profession known to man. We put ourselves in harm’s way for other people’s lives and property. And they make for some pretty good war stories. The internal scars do not always serve the same purpose. They are reminders of moments about which we might not be proud, of horrific things we have seen, when we have witnessed what has b... Full Article »

Cop Think: Get Your Mind Right About Wellness

Jan 09, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

When I apologized to my barber for being too cynical, he replied, “That’s okay, I think you know too much.” Society asks police officers to approach or confront strangers on its behalf. This is what patrol officers do for a living. Many of these strangers are not society’s success stories. What these strangers hide in their pockets, their waistbands, their minds—all is unknown to the officer. What will happen when an officer closes the... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

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