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Managing the Stress of a Career in Intelligence

By Dr. Valerie E. Davis, American Public University

The job of an intelligence analyst is often very stressful due to the nature of the work and intense pressures to deliver information in a short amount of time. AMU intelligence studies professor Dr. Valerie Davis writes about the importance for intel analysts to learn how to recognize and identify stress and understand effective ways to manage it. 

Physical Health for Strong Critical Thinking Skills

Physical health is a vital component for any person; however, it is particularly important for intelligence professionals. While the image of a field agent chasing down an intel lead may come to mind when thinking about the importance of physical health, it’s just as important for an analyst sitting at a desk to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle to enhance critical thinking skills. Now is the time to make the changes and focus on eating better, exercising more, and getting a good night’s sleep. It could be the difference in making an accurate judgement at a critical moment or not.

Don’t Let the Holidays Fizzle Your Physical Fitness Regimen

November is the time of the year when health regimens tend to get tossed aside in favor of all the preparations and indulgences that go along with the upcoming holiday season. But for public safety professionals, being in good physical shape is not an option. Whether you’re a police officer, firefighter, intelligence analyst, emergency manager, or emergency medical professional, your physical health and strength are critical to your job performance. Here are articles to inspire and guide public safety professionals to keep physical health a high priority now and throughout your entire career.

Tackling the Obesity Epidemic in Law Enforcement

By Matthew Loux

The Wall Street Journal released a report that more than 40 percent of police officers, firefighters, and security officers are obese. Similarly, the FBI conducted a study that found eight-out-of-10 police officers are overweight. Missing from both of these reports are reasons why officers are overweight and obese. Here are some of the unique factors that contribute to weight issues for those in public safety.