Why resilience matters

CIT Las Vegas 2012

I’ve included this link (above in Adobe format) as a discussion point for why communities and police organizations should be concerned with the resilience of their police officers. I posit that the outcome of the police-citizen encounter depends in part upon the officer’s state of wellness (resilience). In this presentation at the Crisis Intervention Team International conference in Las Vegas, NV in August 2012, I made such an argument. Building resilient police officers requires a shift in our leadership and management paradigm in most organizations today. In the coming weeks, I’ll present resources that speak to building and nurturing a resilient police organization. There is no prescriptive solution here, none of this is simple, nor easy.  This is a journey of personal and professional development. Please let me know your thoughts.

Lead Forward. Lead Strong.  Be Well.

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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