There’s just too much we’re all dealing with in the world today that being on that go-mode just becomes our default setting. It means being always ready in case things turn for the worst or just don’t pan out as planned. For those working in the field of policing, it is multiplied a couple of times over, and further aggravated with all the negative publicity the profession has been subjected to over the past few years. Being in this state constantly adversely impacts how our minds work, thus it is imperative to ensure that we maintain our well-being despite all the negativity surrounding us.
Obed Magny is back on the Justice Clearinghouse to talk about mental tenacity. Obed has over 15 years of experience as a police officer, during which he became a founding member of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing (ASEBP). He is also a National Institute of Justice LEADS (Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science) Scholar Alum and a Policing Fellow at the Police Foundation.
This session’s discussion is about:
- The current state of policing – talks of defunding, recruitment issues, mass attrition of cops that hired in the 90s, stressed, anxious and low-morale employees, and the field getting cancelled in general.
- Multiple real-life examples presented that demonstrated how the current state of policing is affecting the officers and impacting their career trajectories, well-being, and lives as a whole.
- The Boiling Frog Phenomenon unfolding for those in law enforcement and the similar trend observed in the medical field currently.
- How leaders can help their subordinates handle the stress by getting to know their motivation, passion, and values.
- Understanding the factors that led to this ‘current state’ due to:
- Autocratic leadership that ignored and is unsupportive of employees’ professional goals and personal priorities.
- Crisis on both ends of recruitment and retention which resulted in overworked workforce.
- The generally stressful environment brought upon by the pandemic.
- The traumatic stress, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue that resulted from these conditions.
- What the profession and its leaders can do to alleviate the pain points and prevent it moving forward by:
- Acknowledging the problem and providing the necessary resources.
- Taking a proactive and preventive approach so the stress and trauma that come with the job is addressed even before it accumulates.
- Utilizing self-help methods by teaching employees emotional intelligence, the value of acceptance, positive thinking and positive-self talk, and practicing visualizations and meditation.
- Highlighting the importance of mental health, doing what it takes to take care of your mental well-being, and taking charge of honing and working on this because no one else would other than ourselves.
Questions from the audience were about:
- Best resources to seek help from based on the individual’s needs.
- Limitations on the resources offered in EAP services and how to assert to find resources that specifically caters to the issues an individual is experiencing.
- The need for the individuals and agencies alike to acknowledge the demand for mental health support given the nature of the job.
- Initiatives that can be implemented to entice candidates to the profession despite the negative publicity it’s been getting.
- Advice for new recruits who are entering the field during turbulent times.
Other Webinars with this Speaker:
- Thurs, March 18: The Importance of Tenacity in Policing (this webinar)
- Tues, May 18: Morale in Criminal Justice Agencies
- Tues, Aug 10: The Need for Transformational Leadership in Policing
Resources and Handouts
- Video: MPD Mourns Current, Former Officers Who Died by Suicide in the Past Week
- Video: Dallas Police Chief: “We’re Asking Cops to Do Too Much in This Country.”
- Book: Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman. Video Lecture
- Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear Video Interview/Book Summary
- The Science of Being Well by Wallace Wattles
- “Just acknowledging the issue was a great thing! I appreciate that so much of this goes on in traditional policing roles and departments, but it also happens in the private and non-profit sectors where sadly so many in leadership have no apparent understanding of policing and the inherent issues. Including some discussion about those circumstances and how to work well with those who don’t know what they don’t know would be so appreciated. Thank you!” — Valerie
- “This speaker was probably the best yet. Passionate and interesting. Would like him to lecture on more topics.” — Tim
- Fantastic presenter! Finally, a presenter who does not blame Law Enforcement for all of the ills in the world and all of the times someone, anyone, has ever been disrespected by someone in authority!! Thank you.” — Susan
- “This speaker was awesome. Everything he said, anyone in law enforcement could relate to. Many of us have thought it, but he said it out loud…which is what we need. Everyone else speaks up…but we seem to hide in the shadows because we wouldn’t want any more attention. Everyone is being painted with the same brush and that is just sad. He is a very good speaker!” — Susan
- “Presenter’s knowledge and expertise, presentation style, research, resources, and videos. Excellent presentation. Thank you!” — Stephanie
- this was a refresher but I enjoyed the energy in Dr. Obed’s voice and how knowledgeable he was.” — marilynne
- “Dr. Magny’s webinar was very relevant as to what’s going on in this country and brought back memories when administrations ignored the negative impact trauma had on its officers. I wish this recognition of the effects of trauma on police officers had occurred earlier in the profession.” — Mary
- “A great presenter kept me hooked throughout.” — Luis
- “Real talk from a webinar, YES! The best thing is the fact that the speaker spoke as if he was in the room, number 1. and his information is up to date with the times.” — Lori
- “Question/Answer session hearing other organizations dealing with same issues.” — Brice