When Cops Kill: A Memo to Cops and Their Families

The aftermath is not what you may think or see on TV. After 30-plus years as a police and public safety psychologist, I remain convinced that policing is one of the most stressful and complex occupations in the world. What other job requires you to be combat-ready at...

Betrayal: The hidden driver of PTSD

 June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day. Last year at this time I posted a blog giving a general overview of  PTSD.  (The preferable term is  post-traumatic stress injury or PTSI. People recover from injuries, whereas a disorder sounds like a life sentence). This...

Is there a war on police?

Are police bigots with badges or dedicated public servants hoping to make a difference in the world? What’s the status of police community relations? The answers depend on who you are. The Pew Research Center is a respected, nonpartisan fact tank. Take a look at their...