Eating on the Beat: Hidden Dangers

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Hey guys check this article out, it discusses several options on how to tactfully eat while on patrol!

“When you start feeling the effects of long hours spent on patrol without a solid meal, you face a real job hazard. Poor food choices — combined with stress, erratic sleeping habits, often unpredictable conditions and other factors unique to police work — can take a toll on officers’ health over time, in the form of depression and disease.”

https://www.fopconnect.com/article/tactical-to-practical/eating-on-the-beat-hidden-dangers/

Please contact the Wellness Section if you would like assistance with meal planning.   816-459-4329 or 816-213-9103

 

 

 

Financial Mistakes that Cops Make

5 excuses cops make about their financial mistakes

Hey guys check out this article that addresses financial mistakes often made by police officers! Also, this article was written by a financial coach that is a police officer who personally experienced financial hardships.  

  • I’ll just work more overtime.
  • I don’t trust anyone.
  • I’m embarrassed.
  • I can do it myself.
  • I deserve [insert thing you don’t actually deserve here].

Please reach out to the Wellness Section if you would like information on financial budgeting. (816) 459-4329

https://www.policeone.com/financial-planning/articles/186138006-5-excuses-cops-make-about-their-financial-mistakes/

 

Managing Police Stress

“Officers must accept that stress is taking a toll on their lives so they can take steps to mediate and reduce the adverse effects it has on them and their families.” 

The below link offers insight on how police officers can manage stress from the job, promoting healthy professional and personal relationships.  The following topics are discussed in the link:

  • Types of Stress Officers Face
  • How Stress Hurts Law Enforcement Families
  • How to Improve Family Life
  • Hobbies and Activities
  • Friendships outside the Force

https://www.policeone.com/american-military-university/articles/318616006-Managing-police-stress-to-strengthen-relationships-at-home/

Building Financial Strength in LEO Families: Pensions, Investing, and Retirement Accounts

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In part 5 of his video series, Nick Daugherty briefly discusses the topic of pensions, investing, and retirement accounts. He discusses some important things to think about when considering investment decisions to supplement you pension.

A key takeaway is that we need to focus on earning interest, rather than paying interest.  In other words…get out of debt, so that you can start growing your retirement savings drastically.

If you would like to discuss your personal situation, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit.  We would love to offer you some resources, help teach you how to set a budget, and develop  a plan for reducing debt.  We all will retire before we know it, and by getting our personal finances in order soon, we can focus on living the retirement dream that we all have earned and deserve.

The Employee Wellness Unit has several copies of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makever, which covers many of the issues discussed by Nick Daugherty.  If you’d like to borrow a copy, please contact us.

Check out this quick video of part 5 for more information:

https://www.policeone.com/financial-planning/videos/469738519-Building-financial-strength-in-LEO-families-Pension-investing-and-retirement-accounts/

See the other parts of this series at the below links:

Part 1: Intro and Budgeting

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/03/07/building-financial-strength-for-leo-families-intro-budgeting/

Part 2: Will and Estate Planning

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/03/21/building-financial-strength-for-leo-families-will-estate-planning/

Part 3: Debt

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/04/04/building-financial-strength-in-leo-families-debt/

Part 4: Life Insurance

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/04/26/building-financial-strength-in-leo-families-life-insurance/

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

New KCPD Running Club!

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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 jonas.baughman@kcpd.org to sign up for the club or ask any questions.

Building Financial Strength in LEO Families: Life Insurance

In part 4 of his video series, Nick Daugherty briefly discusses the topic of life insurance.  He discusses how term life insurance is important for those with families to support.  Regular term life insurance is relatively cheap and a great tool to protect our families should there be an unexpected death.  This is important to keep in mind, as the variety of insurance policies can be confusing.  It is rarely a good idea to mix insurance with investments, which some of the more expensive policies do.  As Nick Daugherty says, “We want our savings to be savings, our investments to be investments, and our insurance to be insurance.”  While this advice is common, if you are unsure, be sure to speak with your trusted insurance company to find the option that works best for you.

If you would like to discuss your personal situation, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit.  We would love to offer you some resources, help teach you how to set a budget, and develop  a plan for reducing debt.  We all will retire before we know it, and by getting our personal finances in order soon, we can focus on living the retirement dream that we all have earned and deserve.

The Employee Wellness Unit has several copies of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makever, which covers many of the issues discussed by Nick Daugherty.  If you’d like to borrow a copy, please contact us.

Check out this quick video of part 4 for more information:

https://www.policeone.com/financial-planning/videos/469737519-Building-financial-strength-in-LEO-families-Life-insurance/

See the other parts of this series at the below links:

Part 1: Intro and Budgeting

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/03/07/building-financial-strength-for-leo-families-intro-budgeting/

Part 2: Will and Estate Planning

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/03/21/building-financial-strength-for-leo-families-will-estate-planning/

Part 3: Debt

https://kcpdwellness.org/2018/04/04/building-financial-strength-in-leo-families-debt/

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

Sleep, Fatigue, and Officer Safety

If you have been to in-service this year, you hopefully received an introduction into the importance of sleep.  This is also something that has been discussed on this blog in the past:  Importance of Sleep in Law Enforcement

40% of police officers suffer from a sleep disorder, which is twice the average of the general public (15-20%).  One of the most important things you can do is to improve your quality of sleep and try to get as close to 7-8 hours as possible.

“The consequences of fatigue are alarming,” Vila says. “It affects eye coordination, reaction time and accuracy. It impairs the parts of the brain that are needed for thinking clearly, solving problems, making difficult moral choices, dealing with stress and frustration, and handling people. Yet, unfortunately, nearly all cops see fatigue as a routine part of the job.”

This part of the article should be a major concern.  Obviously, the impacts of fatigue and a lack of sleep impact the things that we need most in police work.  This should be a major officer safety concern, so we need to make sure that we are looking out for each other when it comes to fatigue.

Please read the below article.  It could save your life.  A lack of sleep can get us hurt in the field, and it can definitely impact our long term health and longevity.  The article gives several tips to improve fatigues, as well as providing information that should be concerning to law enforcement.

https://www.policeone.com/scheduling-systems/articles/6014008-Why-shift-schedule-awareness-is-critical-to-police-wellness/

This is not a problem to only our law enforcement employees, the civilian positions are often subject to many of the same stressors and shift work issues.  Prioritizing sleep should be just as important as any other job function.

If you need help with discussing fatigue or a sleep issue, please contact the Employee Wellness Unit.

-Hat tip to Sgt. Becchina for forwarding the article to the Employee Wellness Unit.