Many in law enforcement suffer in silence from the hidden dangers and toxic nature of this career. Many allow the negative effects of this profession to undermine their abilities to maintain their composure, control anger, fear and frustration and offset the sadness and depression all influenced by the tragedy and trauma they endure. They struggle to maintain their physical, emotional and spiritual health as all the negative things they see every day slowly erode their ability to perform their jobs at the required high level of performance.
We want to help you or partner with you to fix this problem.
Current news reports are rife with stories about issues of police officer suicides, PTSD, depression, alcohol problems, citizen complaints, excessive force, police misconduct and “cultures of aggression”. The problems are serious and the solutions all require strategies of building integrity, professionalism along with mental and emotional strength.
The challenge facing the future of our law enforcement profession centers not around the question of how our officers are dying but, rather more importantly, how they are suffering?
Challenges like police officer suicide, fatigue, depression and PTSD are serious problems. A growing body of research on law enforcement professionals seems to indicate that this profession is very toxic with side-effects causing an increase in heart disease, diabetes and cancer and even a lower than normal life expectancy. If you include other worries like alcohol and drug abuse, depression, relationship problems, domestic violence, anger management, financial mismanagement, and other issues that affect officers, on and off duty, then you might even see signs of a crisis.
We should also be asking how effective and professional our law enforcement officers can be while… they are suffering from these many toxic, and hidden, dangers of the profession.
Most of the negative side effects of this job come from those hidden threats and cause things like un-managed anger, depression, irritability and loss of compassion also referred to as “compassion fatigue”. These are not the emotional states we want our law enforcers to possess.
It is becoming more and more clear each year that the state of our law enforcement personnel’s mental and emotional health is just as, if not more, important than their physical health. If we are truly trying to improve the professionalism, sensitivity, effectiveness and compassion of our law enforcers then it only seems logical that we should be caring for their mental and emotional health just was much, and just as often, as we do their medical health. But we don’t.
We think it’s important to create a common & neutral terminology in order to stay focused on the real goal: Healthy, Effective and Productive Law Enforcement Professionals.
Let’s define resilience as being emotionally flexible and physically elastic with the ability to bounce back from adversity because of a capability to endure trauma, tragedy, stress, strain and hardship.
The human quality of strength and fitness, that can be developed, and is exhibited through the mind, body, brain and spirit of a police officer or other law enforcement or military professional that allows them to withstand the rigors and hidden emotional, physical, spiritual and physiological dangers of continuous high threat, high stress situations.
Men and women behind the badge as well as the personnel that support them deserve happy and health lives. It’s a fact that many in law enforcement suffer in silence from the hidden dangers and toxic nature of this career. We want to help you or partner with you to fix this problem.
Everyone who enters a law enforcement career deserves to have a long and successful life and career, and the ability to retire at an appropriate age and live out the rest of their lives in peace. They should experience success, happiness and good health for many more years.
We are glad to offer to these honorable forces the benefits of HYDRO BOREAL THERAPY and help them to attain the best performance possible in their crucial decisions and daily actions, mitigating the collateral effects of these stressful careers.
Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops forge revolutionary path with meditation training the cops gathered in the dim, cozy studio. Dressed in gym clothes, they stretched out on dark green yoga mats.
Lie on your back, the instructor said. Get comfy.
Focus on your left little toe, he softly intoned. What’s there? How does it feel? He moved on, toe by toe, left foot, then right. How does it feel? Dry? Sore?
The instructor continued slowly, asking participants to focus their minds, and energy, on each body part. If you catch yourself wandering, he said, just acknowledge it.
Then bring yourself back to the present.
The class inside the small yoga studio that January day was the first for nearly 20 members of the Hillsboro Police Department. They were exploring the practice of mindfulness, learning how to develop inner strength, using meditation to become better cops.
Since last spring, the agency has offered what is believed to be the nation’s first on-the-job mindfulness training program specifically tailored to law enforcement and based on a widely recognized curriculum. Though the practice represents a radical shift, its creators say, mindfulness has the potential to transform law enforcement culture and reinvent community policing.
For Hillsboro police, the hope was that the training could also heal a department that has had its share of internal strife.
The idea behind the program is simple: If cops were more mindful, then they would be more resilient, less stressed and better at their jobs.
Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment — not dwelling in the past, not thinking about the future. It is the non-judgmental exploration of feelings, surroundings and experiences as they happen to heighten clarity and insight, and avoid reacting out of emotion. Studies have linked it to many health benefits, including reduced pain, better concentration and more self-awareness.
The Hillsboro program aims to build resiliency in a profession that can knock many down.
“Being a cop kills you,” said Hillsboro Police Lt. Richard Goerling, who helped develop the training program.
According to a five-year study, the daily stress of police work places officers at greater risk than the general population of developing a range of physical and mental health ailments. The University at Buffalo researcher – a former cop – who authored the 2012 report tied law enforcement stress with higher levels of sleeplessness, suicide and cancer.
Many groups have turned to mindfulness training and meditation. U.S. Marines are using them. So are the Seatle Seahawks. Google and inner-city schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are on board. So is U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who wrote the book, “A Mindful Nation”.