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Today, Tomorrow, or Next Year? Coping with PTSD in EMS

Most of the time, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to non-urgent emergencies but there are also “rough” calls that are traumatic and disturbing. EMTs must realize that such traumatic calls may not bother them today, tomorrow, or next week. PTSD typically strikes several months after an event and has terrible repercussions like sleep problems, anxiety, rage, and many other physical manifestations. For Mental Health Awareness Month, AMU professor Allison Knox writes about what signs to look for and how family, friends, and coworkers can help someone who may be suffering from mental health issues.

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INLETS 2015: Exploring the Aftermath of Active Shooter Events

Mid-Atlantic Intel & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) provides law enforcement with the opportunity to learn about national and international terrorist events directly from those who experienced it. This year's event, held on June 22-26 in Annapolis, Maryland, will feature presentations from the five law enforcement agencies involved in the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the French National Police, and officers involved in the Virginia Tech shooting. The keynote speaker for this event will be Captain Richard Phillips, whose rescue after Somali pirates hijacked his ship was famously depicted in the Hollywood movie, Captain Phillips.

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Become a Police Officer: What to Know Leading up to an Interview

Getting hired as a police officer can be a rigorous and competitive process. It is critical that candidates follow application guidelines precisely and work to make a good first impression. Here are tips on how to prepare for the interview process so you have the best chance of getting hired as a police officer.

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Reach Out to Those Who Are Hurting

Reach Out to Those Who Are Hurting

Having been in law enforcement for many years, I have seen fellow police officers struggle with stress, financial problems, family life-changing events, time management issues, PTSD, and several other issues that affect their mental health. Whether you are a coworker or family member, we all must recognize the warning signs or symptoms of depression and distress and then help those who are impacted. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, read more about common signs and symptoms of someone who may have a mental health condition.

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Honoring Officers Who Go Above and Beyond

Honoring Officers Who Go Above and Beyond

Recent high-profile events in Baltimore and Ferguson have caused public outcry regarding questionable ethical and moral practices by police officers. These stories have negatively affected the relationships police have in some of the communities they serve. While it is important that these wrong-doings are acknowledged and punished, such incidents should not detract from all the good police officers do each and every day for the citizens in their communities. To ensure that the good deeds of officers do not go unnoticed and in honor of National Police Week, here are just a few stories of officers who go above and beyond the call of duty for the citizens of the communities they serve.

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Life of a Police Officer: Honoring the Sacrifices of Children and Families

Life of a Police Officer: Honoring the Sacrifices of Children and Families

In honor of National Police Week, it is important to recognize the sacrifices made by law enforcement families. Due to the nature of police work, being a police officer can have major impacts on an officer’s family—especially on their children—so it’s important this week to honor both officers and their families. AMU professor Michelle Beshears writes about how police officers can help their families manage the stress caused by a career in law enforcement.

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Coping with the Stress of Police Work

Police officers are the first responders to a variety of violent acts including murders, shootings, stabbings, sexual assaults, and child abuse, as well as vehicle accidents, riots, and natural disasters. Each of these calls-for-service can create a roller coaster of emotions for a police officer who must remain calm, professional, and focused on the task at hand. Research shows that police officers who do not properly manage their stress are prone to burnout, poor judgment, substance abuse, divorce, and suicide. AMU professor Nicole Cain writes about stress management and the need for officers to take responsibility for their physical and mental health.

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