Hello everyone, please take a moment and read what can happen if you’re not making sleep a priority. Studies have shown that not getting enough SLEEP can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated!
Think about that.
Regardless of what you do or where you work on the department, SLEEP must be incorporated into your daily routine. If you need assistance or strategies to help you get a good nights sleep, please call us at the Employee Wellness Section (EWS).
Take care and stay safe,
Rob & Luther
The Wellness Section has created a new objective in recognizing department members and specific units/sections within our organization. This month’s spotlight focuses on two patrol officers who have dedicated their entire career to patrol. They both shared some strategies on how they overcome the stressors patrol can sometimes offer.
Check out the below link to read the full article.
Monthly Wellness Spotlight (July)
Plan for the future by focusing on your health today, this article offers 5 steps on improving your physical health. The topics include the following:
- Move your body
- Maintain your fitness
- Assess your equipment
- Prioritize your rest
- Protect your hearing
Looking for an easy way to get back in shape before pool season? Check out this 30 day challenge by clicking the link. If you would like more information regarding physical wellness please contact the Employee Wellness Unit at 816-459-4329.
30 Day Push-Up Challenge
Are you an avid runner or just looking to get started? If so, come be a part of the new KCPD Running Club. Runners of all abilities are welcome! Spouses, retirees, family, and friends can join in, as well. The club will start with weekend runs at different locations in the city, such as the police academy or downtown airport. Routes of different distances will be provided for each run. Additional runs may be added later in the year.
This is a great opportunity to make connections with runners from all areas of the department, so grab your partner or friend and start on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
The first run is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 0800. Plan to meet at the police academy’s outdoor running track. Contact Sgt. Jonas Baughman at email@example.com to sign up for the club or ask any questions.
Many of us know that at some point, we will be facing a situation where we must use our defensive tactics to protect ourselves and make an arrest. When that fight occurs, it is important that we are as prepared as possible so that we can succeed and win to uphold the safety of our community.
While we all generally have a strong base coming out of the police academy, these skills can diminish without proper training and preparation. This article from Calibre Press touches on some of the factors involved in being prepared for these situations. If we are not prepared physically and mentally, we could lose the fight, be killed, or suffer some other ailment like a heart attack.
Check out the article below:
“What wins a fight? There’s no way to know for sure, but there are factors that can point towards success. When tied together, these factors create a formula to help officers figure out when and where to spend their time preparing for a fight.”
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.
“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.
Are you under the department’s Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan? Have you neglected going to the doctor in years, or do you need to update your primary care physician to someone closer to your house?
By logging into http://www.bluekc.com and following the instructions on the attached flyer, you can search through the provider network to find a doctor or specialist for your needs.
Please remember to study the Preventative Healthcare Guidelines to see when you may be due for an appointment with a specialist.
Doctor/Provider Search Instructions
This article comes from the Winter 2017 issue of the FOP Journal. It discusses functional fitness for law enforcement, how to train, and nutrition.
Some takeaways from the article:
- The bottom line is, people can be extremely self-destructive through their actions and inactions when it comes to wellness. Regardless if it is work-related stress or other personal issues, many officers will attempt to blame the poor eating habits, and lack of exercise and training on any of the usual excuses.
- Don’t sit for days or weeks planning out an intricate workout program. All a person has to do is start moving! Don’t wait: Do it now!
- Being properly conditioned for dynamic confrontations will significantly reduce the chances of becoming injured and greatly increase the chances of officer survival during a violent confrontation!
- Proper nutrition combined with adequate exercise are the two key components to building a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
- Eating the right foods will create positive physiological changes such as increased energy, lower risk of heart disease, decreased risk of diabetes and improved brain function, to name only a few.
- Sometimes officers reach a certain level of experience in their careers and feel that they do not need to train as hard because they can handle anything that they are confronted with, like they have on previous occasions. This is the “I am special” mindset. This type of mentality can prove fatal to the officer, fellow officers and other innocent parties. So be prepared for every situation by training hard, staying fit and eating well!