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.
Mother’s Day is a time to thank all the women in our lives who work hard and make great sacrifices for their families. The mothers and wives who are married to law enforcement or military officers are no exception.
As a 20-year police officer, there have been many years of turmoil and stress because of my career. My wife has seen me through it all. She provides me support and guidance in ways that I do not usually see or even sometimes acknowledge. I truly appreciate everything she has done for me and I encourage others in law enforcement and the military to take the time to thank their spouse for her commitment and love every day.
By Matthew Loux
Entering a career in law enforcement doesn't just involve preparing yourself—you must also prepare your partner and family for the realities of what a law enforcement life entails. This 20-year veteran shares advice about how you can prepare your family for what's ahead.
By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University
Police culture still struggles with acknowledging the serious effects that long-term exposure to traumatic events has on an officer’s mental and physical health. These events can be harmful even for officers who have displayed resilience throughout their careers.