Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job

Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-06-06
Unit 1Presentation Materials: Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job
Unit 2Transcript: Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job
Unit 3Workbook: Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job
Unit 4Recording: Mindfulness for Law Enforcement: Surviving and Thriving in Life and on the Job

Mindfulness can play a crucial role in supporting police work. By cultivating present-moment awareness and non-judgmental acceptance, police officers benefit in a greater sense of self-regulation, resilience, and empathy which allows them to better fulfill their responsibilities. This webinar explores concepts and practices worth learning for those in helping professions to better serve their communities.

Leading the presentation is Terry Clark. Terry has 24 years of experience as a federal officer which provided him with insights into the challenges the profession presents. He is currently associated with Above the Genes and Precision Wellness Coaching where he aims to assist individuals achieve their best lives.

Specifics of Terry’s discussion include:

  • How Mindfulness originally rooted in ancient traditions is supported by neuroscience research in terms of how it can benefit individuals in high-stress professions like criminal justice.
  • The concept of emotional regulation and its intersection with our lifestyle choices that determines how our body manifests and how we show up in our professions.
  • Lifestyle guardrails in terms of sleep, exercise, and nutrition to improve well-being and job performance.
  • What mindfulness is, Jon Kabbat-Zin’s work on mindfulness with chronic pain patients and health care workers.
  • How mindfulness-based practices can enhance compassion and empathy, counteracting the potential desensitization that can occur in high-stress professions.
  • The value of recognizing the context of each situation and prioritizing safety and leveraging compassion and empathy when there is no immediate risk or threat.
  • A rundown of the research-proven benefits of meditation in our physical and mental health, bodily functions, relationships, and general well-being.
  • The physical and mental health risks that come with policing emphasize the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Practices worth trying out to get started with mindfulness and meditation.
    • The raisin meditation that is about taking a moment and being mindful of every experience.
    • The experience log that teaches how our experience shouldn’t dictate our reaction and how we’re empowered to choose how to react.
    • Body scan that allows us to let go, feel more relaxed and practice non-judgment.
    • Loving/Kindness Metta Meditation that serves as an affirmation and increases compassion and empathy for others.
  • Various studies have shown the positive impact of mindfulness training on police officers including:
    • Increased mindfulness, resilience, emotional intelligence, and well-being.
    • Decreased anger, fatigue, burnout, anxiety, depression, and stress-related symptoms.
    • Reducing use of force incidents and complaints.
    • Improved sleep quality and heart rate variability.
    • Enhanced coping skills and relationships with the community.
  • How providing mindfulness training benefits the agency in terms of use of force incidents, relationships with the community, and workforce productivity.
  • Different meditation types to consider to make mindfulness a part of your life.

Points raised during the Q&A are about:

  • The metta meditation affirmations.
  • How empathy and compassion are actually helpful even in high-risk situations.
  • Mindfulness and meditation resources.
  • Terry’s book Flow Into Your Best Life.
  • When it is time to find a new job.
  • Offering mindfulness and meditation spaces within organizations.
Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “The exercises that were presented it gave me a chance to just to breathe, relax, and concentrate on nothing by myself.” — Karina
  • “While I’ve learned to meditate some, I am not always good at practicing, so I like the reminders and I really enjoyed the guided meditation today, as it has been years since I’ve taken the time to do one. It’s made me realize I need to make time to do more with meditation. Thank you.” — Holly Jo
  • “Tips on utilizing mindfulness to improve health and job performance.” — Amy
  • “One of the best webinars I’ve attended. I am now extremely relaxed and may take a break for a nap. I just wish mindfulness was available when I was a young police officer.” — Mary
  • “It was good to hear this information related to law enforcement. Good analogy of using the air mask first to save yourself.” — Becki
  • “How important it is to be mindful and take care of yourself.” — Fareale
  • “The two personalized meditation experiences were very helpful.” — Greg
  • “How working around courts or being an officer can make your blood pressure go up and give you anxiety. and mindfulness/meditation will help with calming and relaxing you. Officers have a very stressful job.” — DEBRA




This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit in Core 4 (Officer Wellness & Mental Health Awareness) for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.




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