Is it time we start looking at how we can solve the unbalanced state of being many police officers perform their job while within daily? Solutions exist, we simply have to make people aware of them. Race is important to the point being made in this article which is the only reason it’s mentioned in the headline. A woman was shot and killed by police inside her own home early Saturday morning in Fort Worth, Texas. Police responded to a non-emergency call from a neighbor who requested a wellness check be performed on the house as he noticed two doors open and the lights on at 2:25 am. Police performed a perimeter check of the house. While walking through the gate, the officer looked through the window and sees the woman. He quickly raises his flashlight in one hand and gun in another and shouts “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” Within 4 seconds, he fired at the woman, hitting her fatally. “The individual, a black female, who resides at the residence succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene,” said the Fort Worth PD’s statement. “The officer, a white male who has been with the department since April of 2018, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome [of] the critical police incident investigation.” Why it matters: Initially many will view this as a race-related killing, and there is a small likelihood that’s the case. But I truly believe there is more to this story. Mainstream culture has been trained to make everything about race right now in what is a working divide and conquer strategy. A deeper look points us to research that police are consistently under a high level of stress and are not living in a balanced state of being while on the job. Not a surprise to some, but perhaps to others.
The larger issue here is we have a police force that is experiencing “among the most stressful occupations in the world and officers typically suffer a variety of physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects and symptoms,” according to a 2012 study examining the role of stress and other psychological challenges in a police officers life. “Officers operating under severe or chronic stress are likely to be at greater risk of error, accidents, and overreactions that can compromise their performance, jeopardize public safety, and pose significant liability costs to the organization” the study abstract continues. After following 59 police officers through 16 weeks that had been trained on Heart Math’s Resilience Advantage® training, it was noted that: “The greatest and, in our view, most important effect of the self-management training was seen in the participants’ increased ability to manage their moods and emotions, which is a fundamental key to sustaining resilience. ... For the police officer, the abilities to think rationally under stress, concentrate, plan ahead, remember and organize crucial information, make effective decisions, and control inappropriate emotion-triggered reactions are critically important and in some cases, can determine the difference between life and death for the officer and other parties.” Since 2012, 300 to 400 police officers per week in the Netherlands have received heart coherence training through the HeartMath. It was estimated that by 2016, 30,000 Dutch officers would have gone through the training, we are awaiting an update on this figure. HeartMath Benelux is an official partner of the Dutch Police Academy as clearly they see value in this form of training for officers.
The conscious takeaway: Why is the emotional and psychological state of an officer not one of the most important factors discussed in the media? It so often comes down to race as our social engineering has trained us to view things in that manner. We have a potentially extremely powerful solution through Heart Math’s Resilience Advantage® training yet we’re happy to make social media posts about hate and race? Perhaps it’s time for a new approach? Maybe we can begin to address the state of being of ourselves and start taking responsibility for how we feel, what we go through and how to master our emotions? There’s plenty of tools out there, it simply requires a cultural shift in wanting to move towards peace vs staying right where we are. After all, are police not people we want to feel like can truly help the community? “It makes you not want to call the police department [...] If you don’t feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with?” – James Smith, neighbor who called police. Due to the pressure of mass censorship, we now have our own censorship-free, and ad-free on demand streaming network! It is the world's first and only conscious media network streaming mind-expanding interviews, news broadcasts, and conscious shows. Click here to start a FREE 7-Day Trial and watch 100's of hours of conscious media videos, that you won't see anyw.
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