Officer Wellness

Policing is a stressful profession, characterized by long shifts, challenging interactions with people in trouble or crisis, difficult work environments, and exposure to high-stress and occasionally life-threatening circumstances. The prospect of encountering situations that can become volatile, dangerous, and traumatic can take a toll on officer wellness, despite the rarity of such events. Programs focused on improving the mental and physical wellness of police officers aim to enhance participants’ mindfulness about when they experience stress, improve their ability to navigate difficult scenarios, and boost their resiliency to recover from traumatic events. These improvements, in turn, should improve officer performance.

 

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