Monthly Wellness Spotlight (July)

Hey all,

The Wellness Section has created a new objective in recognizing department members and specific units/sections within our organization.  This month’s spotlight focuses on two patrol officers who have dedicated their entire career to patrol.  They both shared some strategies on how they overcome the stressors patrol can sometimes offer.

Check out the below link to read the full article.

Crooks and Hall

Monthly Wellness Spotlight (July)

Managing Police Stress

“Officers must accept that stress is taking a toll on their lives so they can take steps to mediate and reduce the adverse effects it has on them and their families.” 

The below link offers insight on how police officers can manage stress from the job, promoting healthy professional and personal relationships.  The following topics are discussed in the link:

  • Types of Stress Officers Face
  • How Stress Hurts Law Enforcement Families
  • How to Improve Family Life
  • Hobbies and Activities
  • Friendships outside the Force

https://www.policeone.com/american-military-university/articles/318616006-Managing-police-stress-to-strengthen-relationships-at-home/

Sleep, Fatigue, and Officer Safety

If you have been to in-service this year, you hopefully received an introduction into the importance of sleep.  This is also something that has been discussed on this blog in the past:  Importance of Sleep in Law Enforcement

40% of police officers suffer from a sleep disorder, which is twice the average of the general public (15-20%).  One of the most important things you can do is to improve your quality of sleep and try to get as close to 7-8 hours as possible.

“The consequences of fatigue are alarming,” Vila says. “It affects eye coordination, reaction time and accuracy. It impairs the parts of the brain that are needed for thinking clearly, solving problems, making difficult moral choices, dealing with stress and frustration, and handling people. Yet, unfortunately, nearly all cops see fatigue as a routine part of the job.”

This part of the article should be a major concern.  Obviously, the impacts of fatigue and a lack of sleep impact the things that we need most in police work.  This should be a major officer safety concern, so we need to make sure that we are looking out for each other when it comes to fatigue.

Please read the below article.  It could save your life.  A lack of sleep can get us hurt in the field, and it can definitely impact our long term health and longevity.  The article gives several tips to improve fatigues, as well as providing information that should be concerning to law enforcement.

https://www.policeone.com/scheduling-systems/articles/6014008-Why-shift-schedule-awareness-is-critical-to-police-wellness/

This is not a problem to only our law enforcement employees, the civilian positions are often subject to many of the same stressors and shift work issues.  Prioritizing sleep should be just as important as any other job function.

If you need help with discussing fatigue or a sleep issue, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit.

-Hat tip to Sgt. Becchina for forwarding the article to the Employee Wellness Unit.

30 Days of Mindfulness

So you should be about halfway through your 50 Squats A Day Challenge.  If not, check that out and get started.  Many of you have emailed us at EWU@kcpd.org and kept us updated on your progress.  Keep up the great work!

Next up is a 30 day Mindfulness challenge.  Before you skip through this posting, hear me out.  Mindfulness can mean different things to different people.  This is a simple challenge that focuses on one thing a day.  You are simply becoming more aware of your surroundings by focusing on one task for the day.  If nothing else, we as police employees should be more aware of our surroundings than anyone else.  By training our brain to focus on the small details of our surroundings, we can become healthier people and better police officers.

Print out this challenge, and give it a shot.  Feel free to reach out to EWU@kcpd.org with any questions or feedback.

30 Days of Mindfulness Challenge

If you are looking for a stress reduction strategy, check out our previous posting on Box Breathing.

Law Enforcement Marriage Seminar

On Saturday, July 21st from 0800-1630, Badge of Hope is presenting “Battle Behind the Badge”, a law enforcement marriage seminar.  This is the 4th annual event and is open to police employees and their families.  Tickets range from $20-$30 and includes lunch.

Badge of Hope 2018 Poster

Event Location

Lenexa Baptist Church
15320 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219

Event Information

This seminar will address several issues that make our relationships challenging due to the demands of our profession. We recognize the fact that if an officer is experiencing trouble at home, it will eventually affect the work he/she is doing within the department.  Problems such as depression, lack of concentration and elevated stress from a broken marriage can lead to alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence and even suicide.  It is our desire to offer hope and peer support to our law enforcement and give them simple tools to combat the issues.

This event will feature nationally-renowned Deputy Jonathan Parker of Hamilton County, TN, Captain Jim Sutterby of Overland Park, KS PD as well as a breakout session just for the gals by author/speaker/LEOW Kristi Neace with Badge of Hope Ministries.

We have large group sessions, 2 breakout sessions with 3 options per session and a powerful ending to the seminar. Registration is now open for tickets at: www.leomarriages.com.

Learn to Pause: Mindfulness and Meditation for First Responders

If you missed this recent training by Kim Colegrove that was hosted at the Regional Police Academy, it is being held again on Friday, March 30, 2018 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, 1125 W Spruce St, Olathe, KS 66061.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Course Description

LEARN TO PAUSE: Mindfulness and Meditation for First Responders. Presented by Kim Colegrove, founder of The PauseFirst Project: Mindfulness for First Responders, in collaboration with Johnson County Mental Health Center.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ALL KC METRO FIRST RESPONDERS.

WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE, SO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY AND PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, SO WE MAY GIVE YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Please join us at Johnson County Mental Health Center on Friday, March 30th for a 4-hour block of training. Learn the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and discover how to use these powerful tools to mitigate stress, regulate emotions, and improve overall health.

This course was designed specifically for First Responders by the spouse of a retired First Responder and has been presented at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy.

*Law enforcement professionals from the Missouri side, please note: This course is Missouri POST Certified (4 hours I/P).

Questions? Contact Kim Colegrove: kim@kimcolegrove.com.

Learn more about The PauseFirst Project at: www.kimcolegrove.com.

In the News: KCPD Yoga for First Responders

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article194325974.html

Check out the attached KC Star article and video for some coverage on KCPD’s Yoga for First Responders program.  As a reminder, Yoga is held in the Headquarters Community Room on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30.  For further information, contact Sgt. Michelle Hon and see our other blog posting HERE.

Take advantage of this free opportunity to improve your health and wellness.

For a deeper understanding of the program and philosophy behind it, check out the following video:

Yoga for First Responders

Did you know that KCPD offers FREE Yoga for ALL members?

Instructors Mikki and Essie

  • Yoga is held on Wednesdays in the community room at Police HQ from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • ALL Department members are welcome: sworn and non-sworn, retirees, close family members/significant others.
  • Absolutely NO prior Yoga experience is needed to enjoy this class. All fitness levels welcome!
  • Men, women, and older children attend this class.
  • Yoga mats provided.
  • Knee pain? Back? Adaptations will be made for injuries. Not flexible?  This group is so relaxed, it’s a non-issue.
  • Class is taught by experienced Yoga facilitators, who graciously volunteer.
  • Free parking (for this 3:30pm class) is available at the Department “Cherry” lot, located on Cherry, between 11th and 12th street, on the east side of the road. The lot is clearly labeled Police Department parking and has a white guard trailer located within the lot.
  • Attending without your Department member/retiree and worried about parking or getting into the building? Please contact Sgt. Michelle Hon at 816-889-6044 or at Hon@kcpd.org to make sure all of your concerns are addressed prior to attendance.
  • If you would like to get on the email list for reminders and information, please email Sgt. Michelle Hon.

Brought to you by Yoga for First Responders

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Safe Call Now (206)459-3020

Safe Call Now is a resource for public safety employees to speak confidentially with officers, former law enforcement officers, public safety professionals and/or mental healthcare providers who are familiar with your line of work.

Phone Number: (206)459-3020

http://www.safecallnow.org

Safe Call Now Brochure

This is another resource that employees can use if they need to reach out to someone, but they prefer to speak with someone from the public safety field.

If you need help or assistance in locating any other resources, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit at (816)234-5387