BOOK REVIEW: Mindful Responder

BOOK REVIEW: Mindful Responder

[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 ...
The Emperor is Naked

The Emperor is Naked

A headline from the Chicago Sun-Times two weeks ago: “High-ranking Chicago cop in hot water with [Mayor] Lightfoot for taking vacation as summer violence spikes." Days later it was still a banner headline on city newscasts. It was discussed ad nauseum in the media. Meanwhile, the ...
The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

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 ...
Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!   

Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!  

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 ...
Back to School in 21 Seconds

Back to School in 21 Seconds

One minute I was an officer, 21 seconds later, after being shot twice, I knew my career was over due to the damage the 12-gauge slugs did to my left arm. As a former paramedic, I saw the damage and fully expected to lose the arm. I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive. I put the ...