The Mindful Officer: On Eating …

The Mindful Officer: On Eating …

Most first responders don’t understand, or even know of, the concept of mindful eating. Most of us eat what we can, when we can. It’s the nature of our work. A meal happens in minutes or less. I’ve personally seen some impressive man-sized helpings shoveled in so fast it would cross ...
The Why? vs. The What?

The Why? vs. The What?

This post, unfortunately will likely produce two reactions. It all depends how you look at training. Therefore, my observations might appear judgmental and divisive to some of you. Most training is based on the technique model, where a complex motor skill is drilled over and over. ...
Mental Health Triage, Pt. 2

Mental Health Triage, Pt. 2

[Publisher's Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for Part 1: Tools for LEOs.] The police personality is mythical at best. At the root of much of the perception of this personality are fear and mistrust. When officers find themselves in need of mental health ...
Mental Health Triage: Tools for LEOs, Pt. 1

Mental Health Triage: Tools for LEOs, Pt. 1

In the world of law enforcement, the most noted form of trauma is an officer-involved shooting. But from a psychological standpoint that may not necessarily be the case. So-called normal or routine calls, over time—very often, in my experience—weigh heavily on officers and can lead ...
The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

I often discuss in my seminars how I don’t actually have any true natural talents. I can’t hammer two sticks together. I have poor hand-eye coordination. I don’t know anything about cars and even less about guns (though I was a pretty good pistol shot). I don’t have a decent sense of ...