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Father’s Day: The Challenges of Fatherhood in the Force

This Father’s Day weekend is a time to thank all the fathers who work in law enforcement, both current and retired, and to celebrate the strength of law enforcement families. Officers know that being a parent and a police officer—whether you are a mother or a father—is extremely challenging and requires many family sacrifices. The children and spouses of police fathers need to celebrate these courageous men AND officers need to remember what is important in life.

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.

Law Enforcement Veterans Share Expertise for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, American Military University (AMU) faculty and staff members who have extensive careers and expertise in law enforcement will share research as well as first-hand experiences regarding investigative practices. The goal is to help agencies and officers across the country ensure that those who commit sexual crimes are held accountable. 

How to Pay for Your Criminal Justice Degree

Besides your house, one of the largest expenses you are likely to incur is paying for your college degree. Research studies show police officers who have earned a college degree demonstrate better overall job performance. But earning that degree can be expensive. Here are resources to help you pay for college including loans, grants, scholarships, employer assistance programs, and more.  

Tips for Planning Your Retirement

By Matthew Loux, criminal justice faculty member at American Military University

We often plan our budgets and spending, but how many public safety personnel actually sit down and plan for retirement? It is imperative to start planning for retirement now. Here are just the few basic questions to ask yourself:

  • How much money will you need to retire?