RECOMMENDED READING LIST
THE POWER MANUAL-POLICE OFFICER WELLNESS, ETHICS AND RESILIENCE
A police officer's power does not come from their badge, gear, or tactical skills. It comes from POWER: Police Officer Wellness, Ethics and Resilience. This book focuses on physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual wellness and it describes steps to optimize wellbeing and maintain effective job performance.
LIFE AFTER LAW ENFORCEMENT
DR. BRIAN KINNAIRD
With so many resources focused on mental and emotional survival for cops on the job, separated cops are often left to navigate civilian life on their own without the preparation, awareness, and support necessary for a healthy adaptation to this major life change. This book gives cops and families a vulnerable and transparent look inside the hardships of moving from duty belt to waist belt.
LT. COL DAVE GROSSMAN
On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle, the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory-then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win.
LT. COL DAVE GROSSMAN
An illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with the experiences of having killed.
EMOTIONAL SURVIVAL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
A guide for LEOs and their loved ones. Offers a no-nonsense overview of what LEOs are up against throughout each stage of their career. It also highlights the three main reasons why LEOs end up angry, jaded, and in a state of loss upon retirement.
I LOVE A COP
A helpful compilation of stories from LEOs and their significant others. Provides practical ways to deal with the challenges and obstacles that come along with being part of the LEO community. Presents the reader with realistic suggestions for handling topics ranging from drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, spillover from on-the-job stress, and special topics for women and minorities.
UNDER THE BLUE SHADOW
A collection of real-life clinical cases and research aiming to shed light upon the difficult task many police officers face daily as they come across different forms of human misery and, as a result, suffer from psychological harm. Valuable resource for helping LEOs survive this psychologically challenging occupation.
THE BODY KEEPS SCORE
An exceptional work offering a new perspective on how best to treat those in the LEO community suffering from traumatic stress. This book suggests we move away from the more traditional ways of therapy in this instance and instead use an approach focused on healing mind, body, and soul.
LEFT OF BANG
An excellent guide to decision making and being able to read the environment you are in quickly in order to be able to respond quickly. Emphasizes the importance for LEOs to have skills ranging from understanding body language to detecting anomalies so that they may know what people are going to do before they do it.
COPSHOCK, SURVIVING PTSD
A useful resource for LEOs, their families, and all who suffer from PTSD. Provides the reader with gripping stories and copious amounts of research all highlighting the traumas those with PTSD deal with.
SURVIVING THE SHADOWS
An important look into the topic of PTSD and the many ways of treatment. The author firmly believes in peer-to-peer therapy as a useful form of treatment as opposed to solely receiving the assistance of mental health professionals.
FORCE UNDER PRESSURE
An open discussion of the stresses related to police work, how they affect the lives of LEOs, and how to overcome these stresses. Offers many examples of how trauma impacts LEOs involved in critical encounters.
What Clinicians Need to Know