The M Word

The M Word

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 #1 Killer

The #1 Killer

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 ...
Mindfulness … & First Responders???

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

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 ...
No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

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 ...
The Go-Bag

The Go-Bag

[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 ...