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Christian Dobratz
Works at Law Enforcement Survival Institute
Attends Northcentral University
Lives in St. Peter, MN
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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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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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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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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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Very sad...too many officers take their lives.  We need to encourage and support all of our officers and their efforts to get help.
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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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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...
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. The full statement is below. On August 11...
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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.
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Retired Plainville police Sgt. George Brown knows how stress can mount in the lives of police officers and other first responders. Years of answering calls for horrific accidents and crime scenes often cause emergency workers to search inside for illusive answers.
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Follw-up to the Article about Officers Injured in the Line of Duty.
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Great article from a couple of years ago regarding officers injured in the line of duty and the stress they live with in the aftermath of losing their careers.
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Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement / Detective Sergeant (Ret.)
Skills
Stress Awareness and Management Skills, Suicide Prevention / Awareness and Management,Defensive Tactics Instructor, Physical Fitness Assessment.
Employment
  • Law Enforcement Survival Institute
    Consultant, 2011 - present
    Consultant and Instructor in a variety of areas of police officer wellness.
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
    Law Enforcement Professor, 2008 - present
    Teach Undergraduate LE Students in areas of Police Stress, Tactical Procedures, Narcotics Investigations, Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness Assessment.
  • Hutchinson Police Services
    Detective Sergeant, 2000 - 2008
    Supervised General Investigations, School Liaison, Child Protection, Narcotics Investigations, Records and Evidence. Actively investigated all major cases and deaths, served as Coordinator and Supervisor of the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force, and was a Forensic Examiner and Investigator of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).
  • Carver County Sheriff's Office
    Detective, 1995 - 1999
    Juvenile Detective, School Liaison, Child Protection, General Investigations, Crimes Against Persons, Narcotics Agent with Southwest Metro Drug Task Force.
  • Hutchinson Police Services
    Police Officer, 1991 - 1995
    Patrol Officer both part and full-time.
  • McLeod County Sheriff's Office
    Deputy Sheriff, 1991 - 1994
    Park Patrol and part-time deputy working patrol, bailiff, and special assignments.
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St. Peter, MN
Previously
Mankato, MN - Hutchinson, MN - Burnsville, MN
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Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Instructor of Law Enforcement with the Department of Government with Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato MN. Ph.D. student at Northcentral University in Business Admin with an emphasis in Criminal Justice (anticipate 2016 graduation). 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
Introduction
Retired (medical) Police Sgt. with 18 year of law enforcement experience. Since 2008, I have served as an Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement employed at Minnesota State University Mankato.  I am also pursuing my Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice through NorthCentral University in Prescott Valley, AZ.  International trainer/speaker for the Law Enforcement Survival Institute with research interests in the areas of Police Stress, Disabled and Retired Police Officers, and reducing incidents/rates of Police Suicides.
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Father of two amazing girls who are the love of my life. They are fun, energetic, caring, but most of all, they are inspiring and uplifting and are my daily motivation.
Education
  • Northcentral University
    PhD. Business Administration with emphasis in Criminal Justice, 2008 - present
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Masters Degree in Public Administration, 1998 - 2004
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement / Political Science, 1990 - 1994
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