30 Days of Mindfulness

So you should be about halfway through your 50 Squats A Day Challenge.  If not, check that out and get started.  Many of you have emailed us at EWU@kcpd.org and kept us updated on your progress.  Keep up the great work!

Next up is a 30 day Mindfulness challenge.  Before you skip through this posting, hear me out.  Mindfulness can mean different things to different people.  This is a simple challenge that focuses on one thing a day.  You are simply becoming more aware of your surroundings by focusing on one task for the day.  If nothing else, we as police employees should be more aware of our surroundings than anyone else.  By training our brain to focus on the small details of our surroundings, we can become healthier people and better police officers.

Print out this challenge, and give it a shot.  Feel free to reach out to EWU@kcpd.org with any questions or feedback.

30 Days of Mindfulness Challenge

If you are looking for a stress reduction strategy, check out our previous posting on Box Breathing.

Building Financial Strength for LEO Families: Will & Estate Planning

So you are now ready to implement your budget for the month of April. Right???  If you need a refresher, check out Part 1 in this series Building Financial Strength for LEO Families: Intro & Budgeting.

In Part 2 of his series on Building Financial Strength in LEO Families, Nick Daugherty discusses the topic of will and estate planning.  As he will tell you, it is important to outline your wishes in advance of a tragic situation.

At a minimum, think of the stress that your family will be going through in the event of your death.  Do you really want to subject them to additional stress by them having to go to court or make decisions that you may have disagreed with?  If you have children, it is even more important to think about this topic to determine who will care for your children.

There is a free will template available through the New Directions website, which could be an option for you, but it may be worth speaking with an estate planning attorney to determine what is best for your situation.  This is not a situation where you want to make a critical mistake because you didn’t understand the document.

Beyond a will (your wishes for personal property, how to preserve wealth and distribute your assets), you should look at the components of a living will (medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, advanced medical directives).  Wills can be basic forms, all the way up to creating trusts to protect your assets.  This is where a conversation with a professional could be beneficial.

Check out this quick video for more information:

https://www.policeone.com/financial-planning/videos/469735519-Building-financial-strength-in-LEO-families-Will-and-estate-planning/

Nick Daugherty is a retired Sergeant from the Grand Prairie, Texas PD and has taught thousands of officers how to build financial strength by living a debt-free lifestyle and building wealth through proper savings and retirement planning. He’s also coached hundreds of families on how to get out of debt and navigate financial crises. He additionally manages retirement assets for numerous first responders, from line police and fire personnel all the way up to numerous police and fire chiefs. Contact Nick Daugherty or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.  www.buildingfinancialstrength.com

IACP on Sleep Deprivation

If you have attended this year’s wellness portion of in-service training, you likely understand the importance of sleep.  As a reminder of the impacts of sleep, check our our previous blog posting on the subject which includes much of the information covered during in-service.  Importance of Sleep in Law Enforcement

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has recently produced a great infographic that covers many of the issues of sleep in law enforcement and how they impact us and our families.

http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/ICPR/Axon%20Family%20Wellness-Sleep%20Deprivation.pdf

“While sleep deprivation is not exclusive to law enforcement, it is often amplified due to the unique stressors of the job and shift work. Sleep is essential to maintain and repair bodily functions and systems. Sleep, or lack of, has effects on all functions of the mind and body, which not only affects an officer’s job, but also family wellness.”

Please take the time to review this information.  If you lead a group of employees who are impacted by irregular sleeping patterns, please make this a topic of conversation.  If you need any assistance or resources, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit.

50 Squats A Day Challenge

Need something to get moving?  How about a quick 30 Day challenge?  Print out the attached 30 day chart to track your progress.  Start your day right by knocking out 50 squats before breakfast. This is a great way to work your core and lower body.  If you need to, set a reminder in your phone calendar to complete the challenge at the same time each day.

50 Squats A Day Challenge

If you need someone to check in on you to hold you accountable to this or any other program, shoot us an email at EWU@kcpd.org.  Also, let us know if you complete the challenge and how it works for you.

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Building Financial Strength for LEO Families: Intro & Budgeting

As a police officer, you spend a ton of time training to ensure your safety on the job. But what about your financial safety? In this video, Nick Daugherty breaks down how to become financially secure through smart budgeting. This is the first of a seven part series on financial planning for cops. 

Nick Daugherty is a retired Sergeant from the Grand Prairie, Texas PD and has taught thousands of officers how to build financial strength by living a debt-free lifestyle and building wealth through proper savings and retirement planning. He’s also coached hundreds of families on how to get out of debt and navigate financial crises. He additionally manages retirement assets for numerous first responders, from line police and fire personnel all the way up to numerous police and fire chiefs. Contact Nick Daugherty or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.  www.buildingfinancialstrength.com

https://www.policeone.com/financial-planning/videos/469734519-Building-financial-strength-in-LEO-families-Intro-and-budgeting/

Check out the video in the above link for a quick introduction and lesson on budgeting.  This is the first in several videos on financial strength for law enforcement.

There are many options available for creating a budget on paper or free web/app based platforms.  If you would like to sit down with someone to review or discuss your financial circumstances, you can contact the Employee Wellness Unit.  We have many resources available through our wellness library, EAP, personal experiences, and online services.  We can help with budgeting, debt reduction strategies, retirement planning, and much more.

If you are not participating in deferred compensation or saving in another retirement investment platform, PLEASE contact the Employee Wellness Unit to discuss your financial picture.

Contact Civ. Rob Blehm at robert.blehm@kcpd.org or Captain Justin Kobolt at justin.kobolt@kcpd.org to set up an appointment or ask a question.

Law Enforcement Marriage Seminar

On Saturday, July 21st from 0800-1630, Badge of Hope is presenting “Battle Behind the Badge”, a law enforcement marriage seminar.  This is the 4th annual event and is open to police employees and their families.  Tickets range from $20-$30 and includes lunch.

Badge of Hope 2018 Poster

Event Location

Lenexa Baptist Church
15320 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219

Event Information

This seminar will address several issues that make our relationships challenging due to the demands of our profession. We recognize the fact that if an officer is experiencing trouble at home, it will eventually affect the work he/she is doing within the department.  Problems such as depression, lack of concentration and elevated stress from a broken marriage can lead to alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence and even suicide.  It is our desire to offer hope and peer support to our law enforcement and give them simple tools to combat the issues.

This event will feature nationally-renowned Deputy Jonathan Parker of Hamilton County, TN, Captain Jim Sutterby of Overland Park, KS PD as well as a breakout session just for the gals by author/speaker/LEOW Kristi Neace with Badge of Hope Ministries.

We have large group sessions, 2 breakout sessions with 3 options per session and a powerful ending to the seminar. Registration is now open for tickets at: www.leomarriages.com.

Learn to Pause: Mindfulness and Meditation for First Responders

If you missed this recent training by Kim Colegrove that was hosted at the Regional Police Academy, it is being held again on Friday, March 30, 2018 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, 1125 W Spruce St, Olathe, KS 66061.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Course Description

LEARN TO PAUSE: Mindfulness and Meditation for First Responders. Presented by Kim Colegrove, founder of The PauseFirst Project: Mindfulness for First Responders, in collaboration with Johnson County Mental Health Center.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ALL KC METRO FIRST RESPONDERS.

WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE, SO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY AND PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, SO WE MAY GIVE YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Please join us at Johnson County Mental Health Center on Friday, March 30th for a 4-hour block of training. Learn the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and discover how to use these powerful tools to mitigate stress, regulate emotions, and improve overall health.

This course was designed specifically for First Responders by the spouse of a retired First Responder and has been presented at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy.

*Law enforcement professionals from the Missouri side, please note: This course is Missouri POST Certified (4 hours I/P).

Questions? Contact Kim Colegrove: kim@kimcolegrove.com.

Learn more about The PauseFirst Project at: www.kimcolegrove.com.