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Pulse of Policing: How individual cops are overcoming injuries of the mind, body, and spirit

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Because virtually everything in policing begins with the individual officer, we decided that our first series of pieces would address the issues officers face with regard to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Specifically, afflictions which have had significant negative impact on our law enforcers — maintaining morale in troubled times, reducing the risk of heart attack, and dealing with …

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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If you are experiencing domestic violence, HELP IS AVAILABLE. Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, Operated by the Portland Women’s Crisis Line 888.235.5333 Portland Police Bureau: Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (D.V.R.U.) National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233 What is domestic violence? …a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against a family member or …

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Suicide Awareness

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September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among …

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Seattle sets national example with LGBTQ-friendly safe-haven plan

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By Sami Edge Seattle Times staff reporter SEATTLE — In the 2½ months since Jim Ritter began recruiting businesses to provide safe havens for the city’s LGBTQ community, he’s been working nonstop to keep up with demand for the rainbow-badge window decal that denotes “Safe Places” around Seattle. The sticker designates businesses as places of refuge for victims of assault …

The Paleo Diet for Police Officers: Police Nutrition Made Simple

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Police nutrition is a highly debated topic. Everyone agrees that police offers need to eat healthy but how to do it is a common question. The truth is there are many ways for cops to eat healthy. Anyone who is preaching just ONE way to eat healthy is being close minded and dogmatic. Every officer needs to find the healthy …

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Dear Officer, I See You

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Ask anyone in Law Enforcement why they do what they do, and chance are they’ll tell you it’s not for the glory, the thank yous, or the appreciation of the people they help serve and protect. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy hearing it once in a while. Unfortunately, that’s not too often—but an organization called Humanizing the Badge is …

Why Joint, Back and Shoulder Pain are Common in Cops (and how to fix it)

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There will never be a day when officers leave their duty belts and ballistic vests in the squad, so start taking preventative measures now — and take them often Feb 25, 2015 Injuries are inevitable in law enforcement. Back, shoulder, and neck pain are all too common to the profession, and can be credited to everything from your duty belt …

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Health care spending growth hits 10-year high

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Health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years last quarter, a development that could foreshadow higher costs for consumers this year. Expenses for health care rose at a 5.6% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said last week. The jump triggered a sharp upward revision in the government’s estimate of consumer spending …

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The scale doesn’t tell the whole truth

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The scale is appealing because it shows an instant, tangible metric of how you’re progressing, and it seems like an easy way to tell if your weight-loss plan is working. But it’s also easy to get too attached to that number—and you might start to define yourself based on what your morning weigh-in says, despite your best intentions. What’s worse …

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Hepatitis C and Frequently Asked Questions

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By Cathy Baker Keaney, MSN, RN, MPH Law Office of Kevin Keaney Hepatitis C and Frequently Asked Questions What is Hepatitis? “Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver; the …