Peer Counseling

Apart from my duties as a chaplain for LASD, I also serve as a hospital chaplain. There, I frequently see patients and their families dealing with tough times — often the toughest of their lives. Good times do not last. Hard times are inevitable. This is Job’s famous lament: “Where is God in tough times?” […] Read More »

CUMULATIVE TRAUMA

It’s like a slow drip into a bucket that never gets emptied, until the bucket overflows. Cumulative trauma has also been referred to as cumulative post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). John Marx, founder of Copsalive.com, calls it Blue Trauma Syndrome. It consists of having difficult experiences over a long period of time that simply add up. […] Read More »

TAKING A BREAK FROM ALCOHOL

Thinking about quitting drinking? It is possible to have a good time without alcohol. Sometimes we have social questions in our heads: “What will they say if I don’t drink?” “What will happen if I don’t go to the bar after work?” “Will they make fun of me?” These are some of the concerns that […] Read More »

HOW DO I FACE MY PARTNERS?

There are questions you might ask yourself after an alcohol-related incident: How can I go back to work? What will they think of me? Can I ever get promoted? Will I be able to transfer to a good assignment? It is normal to ask yourself all of these questions and more. Some members on the […] Read More »

SPRING CLEANING FOR THE SOUL It is time for spring cleaning, and that means cleaning out the garage, the backyard and the locker at work. What a wonderful feeling it is to have a fresh start. However, tossing junk is much easier than clearing out our emotional clutter, which means getting rid of what holds […] Read More »

THE BOND OF LOVE

One of the most beautiful qualities and privileges police officers share is the bond of brotherly love. It is not written anywhere but it is sealed in our hearts. It is our culture. It is who we are. Last summer, I was called to the hospital because a veteran deputy had suddenly passed. His spouse […] Read More »

ALCOHOL AND STRESS

What is relaxation? It is having no aggravations, nothing to irk or bother you. Can alcohol remove aggravations from your life? It does not fix the annoyances but temporarily dulls the symptoms as you build a tolerance. In other words, the actual effect of alcohol decreases, and your need for it increases. Soon the aggravations […] Read More »

CUSTODY PERSONNEL NEED RESILIENCY NOW MORE THAN EVER

Working in a custody facility has always been demanding and dangerous work, with stressors and pressures coming from all sides (inmates, co-workers and supervisors). But working custody at LASD poses some unique challenges, because Twin Towers is our country’s largest mental health institution. Recent legally mandated reforms have expanded job duties while the Department continues […] Read More »

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

We hear powerful words in the Book of Joshua. God tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Joshua was a man of faith and bravery. But when he met his first real challenge as […] Read More »