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Christian Dobratz
Sr. FIU Investigator with TCF Bank Corporate BSA division. Also, a Consultant/Instructor with the Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Denver,CO, founded by founder and CEO John Marx, who also owns and maintains the blog www.copsalive.org
Sr. FIU Investigator with TCF Bank Corporate BSA division. Also, a Consultant/Instructor with the Law Enforcement Survival Institute, Denver,CO, founded by founder and CEO John Marx, who also owns and maintains the blog www.copsalive.org
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Sadly, Cleveland falls to the Federalization of their police force. No longer the days of discretion; they are hoping the reform will serve as a National Model for Policing in general. Soon all will wear the same uniform and report to the Feds. This is not a good thing in my opinion. 

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My good friend and colleague, Lisa Wimberger, and founder of the Nuerosculpting Institute in Boulder, CO, has created "Critical Conversations with Officers: Can Meditation Heal Police Stress and Brutality." It is a series of interviews with officers, including myself, on the current state of mental health in law enforcement.  It is worth watching and packed with a lot of great information from those with first hand experience.  It is available through her website, www.nuerosculptinginstitute.com  
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Finally, a documentary showing law enforcement administration/leadership stepping up and leading by example.  Sadly, it takes the death of two officers in one department to get a response.  Aministrators need to be the ones championing this cause as much of the fear of officers saying anything is based on perceptions of not being supoported by the department or that it will negatively impact the rest of their career in terms of promotions or job assignments. Officers need to be reassured that it is alright, and normal,  to have feelings of depression/anxiety after dealing with repeated traumatic events and that professional help is available that will help them heal and return to work healthier mentally and physically!

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In this one minute, Officer Taylor says so much about police officers and parenting. Parents, teach your kids to respect police and military; please don't threaten your child whose misbehaving that the officer next to you will put them in jail; teach kids that officers will help and to not be afraid of them. Yes, just like every profession, there are corrupt and unethical officers. But they are small in numbers and the justice system will handle them, just like the grand jury in Ferguson who viewed a case based on facts and left a large group of rioters and looters looking like fools for destroying a town for no just cause. Thank you Officer Taylor for your oath and pledge!

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Truly a tragic day in the film industry.  More needs to be done to raise awareness, research, and educate others about this terrible disease.  So often the best are the ones who struggle the most...

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This Friday, June 27th 2014, is National Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) Awareness Day. In addition, the month of June 2014 is National PTSD Awareness month. There are literally hundreds, if not more, organizations at all levels of government, in private and public sectors, who are working in specialized areas related to this condition. Yet, sadly, it is still not enough.

Its important to remember this condition not only affects soldiers involved in active combat, but is prevalent in all areas of emergency services (police, fire, EMS) ,and even among civilians exposed to traumatic events. One of the most recent studies by Dr. John Violanti (2012) suggests that approximately 125,000 U.S. police officers are working with the physical and mental affects of PTSD. 

Please take this opportunity to educate yourself if your not familiar with this potentially fatal disorder and reach out to those who you know are hurting or struggling and remind them they are Never Alone!

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George Brown continues to do amazing work for officers and all first responders.  Thank you George for all you are doing and have done...your efforts are not unnoticed.

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Another tragedy for law enforcement.  May your family, friends and co-workers be supported during this time.  Please be safe and train for the day that chooses you.

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As we celebrate National Police Week, we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  May they never be forgotten...
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