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Public Service Recognition Week is May 1-7

By DeAnn Wandler

Public servants are dedicated to a cause greater than their own personal ambition. Every day, they manage some of our society’s most urgent challenges. In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, American Public University System created a blog series to honor the men and women who serve our nation. Read about some of the many public servants within our university family who are dedicated to serving their communities. Take a moment and help us thank our nation's public servants for their service.

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Mayleka Hicks

Bridging the Employment Gap for Veterans

Mayleka HicksAmerson served 14 years in the U.S. Navy. Now, she works in human resources, helping fellow veterans find employment. “There is no greater feeling than giving back,” she says. Read more about Mayleka's career as a public servant.

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Olivia Kvitne

5 Reasons First Responders Should Take Yoga Seriously

By Olivia Kvitne

Yoga is not just “good” for first responders; it is meant for them. Why? Because the original and true intents of yoga are to obtain a mastery of the mind and achieve an optimal functioning of the entire being. Yoga allows people to increase their ability to focus and problem-solve, gives them heightened situational awareness, and helps them make intelligent gut reactions to situations. Here are simple ways to begin your journey toward reducing stress.

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Policing model of community policing

Intelligence Led Policing: Preferred Policing Model in the War Against Terrorism

By Dr. Michael L. Beshears

In the United States, law enforcement officers are charged with helping in the fight against terrorism while simultaneously safeguarding the individual constitutional rights of those they have sworn to protect and serve. Scholars and police departments were now faced with determining the best way to handle their new homeland security responsibilities. Scholarly literature suggests there are two primary policing models that are relevant to law enforcement officers and the fight against terrorism.

 

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How Police Can Reduce and Manage Stress

How Police Can Reduce and Manage Stress

By Michelle Beshears

One of the biggest problems for police officers is that stress can go unrecognized and unacknowledged and can have a major negative impact on their lives. Here are some of the causes of stress and ways officers can reduce and manage high levels of stress.

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Autism awareness

How to Respond to People with Autism on the Beat

By Matthew Loux

As the number of autistic children increases, police officers and first responders are more likely to interact with autistic people. Officers must know how to recognize the signs of autism, understand the behaviors and tendencies of autistic individuals, and learn how to modify a standard police response to accommodate.

 

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Fighting Fraud with Warnings and Information

Fighting Fraud with Warnings and Information

Advance fee fraudsters attempt to collect money from unsuspecting victims by requesting upfront payments for goods or services. Swindlers target the most vulnerable people and play on their emotions.
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