Mississippi Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support. www.msleaps.org. The life of a law enforcement officer: WHO’S REALLY KILLING US?. Life expectancy of 59 years (78.56 average U.S. male)
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Muslims and the Quran
Believe that the human spirit is basically good. Law Enforcement Officers and the law are guards of this good.
Law was created by man for the common human good. It must be enforced.
Kim Jong Un
When this “Spiritual Warfare” manifests itself physically, WE are God’s front-line troops.
Our survival includes:
marriage survival, and
Dr. Selye also researched stress in regards to all occupations.
The most stressful occupation: law enforcement!
We stop doing the fun things!
“Emotional Capture” occurs when we allow our desire for “control” to overcome our judgment.
Instead of looking for the unexpected, reading the conditions of the scene, prioritizing our response, and placing ourselves in a position of advantage; we respond with, “No, *&^%*()#$%^&, I am in control here!”
Your training must include high stress that causes emotions during the training event; and the activation of emotion reducers (we’ll cover later)
Every situation is different every time to every person!!!
You may not feel your recoil
You may not hear your own commands (or even be aware you gave them
Say “No Comment”
Lie, stretch, speculate
Use police jargons
Speak on behalf of others
Play favorites with reporters
Speak “off the record”
The Amygdala sends our survival action response to other areas of the brain as it has been trained to in a neurological pathway
Unfortunately, the amydala never forgets anything.
This helps us in future survival situations,
It kills us slowly in life. There is no “Men In Black” magic wand to erase memory.
Believe they are beyond help, afraid of going to sleep, don’t know
help is available, trained to help others, not yourself, …
As team members, we must also talk to spouse!
Natural survival instinct
Survival of other loved ones
When instigators outweigh inhibitors,
Or, when pain outweighs coping mechanisms
Suicide is likely
1. Keep focused on God.
We are created, not evolved. Our purpose for being created?
To be God’s companion!
If you are not his companion there is something “missing” in your life.
Pray daily. Grow spiritually daily.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” means law enforcement or the badge, shall not be your God.
You have an awesome job. Why should you be jealous of what someone else has? How much they make?
Understand bad things will happen on the street and on the job! And, less competent people will get things you think they don’t deserve. No matter what, BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE.
3. Eat properly and Exercise.
A life on fast food is destiny for an officer. But it doesn’t mean hamburgers, chicken and fries anymore. Salads, grilled chicken, etc. will let you live longer and feel better.
Lay off the convenience store chips, sugared drinks, ice cream, etc.
You will be a better officer by looking better and feeling better.
You will live longer and have less doctor bills.
Your quality of this long life will improve.
Depression chemicals are released thru exercise.
How long does it take to walk 30 minutes?
4. Emotionally connect with someone.
This should be your spouse if you’re married. Another officer is good but it is not healthy to share your heart with someone more than you do your spouse.
We say our spouse’s “don’t understand.” We’re right; and they won’t ever “understand” until we allow them to.
5. Work!!! , BE SIGNIFICANT
It seems that the people who complain the most are the least productive.
You were created and placed at law enforcement for a specific purpose: to fight evil. You are chosen warriors in this God versus Satan war. DO YOUR PART!!!
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Your chief or sheriff is not the big boss, you work for God. (XIII)!!!
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”
The saddest thing that could happen to you is to miss your career while being in it for 30 years.