Peer Counseling

AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS

The nation’s opioid crisis is “the worst drug crisis in American history,” President Trump declared last fall. “Nobody has seen anything like it.” Indeed, it affects users, families and even law enforcement. According to Josh Katz (N.Y. Times, Sept. 2, 2017), drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States in 2016. It’s a […] Read More »

WHAT IS OUR DESTINY?

“…that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” — Colossians 1:9 People think different things when they hear the words “God’s will.” Some think we are locked into a predetermined movie script we have been given. Our roles are spelled out before we are born — […] Read More »

IS SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT IMPACTING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide use social media, online statistics portal Statista estimated in July. Within the United States, adults consume more than 10 hours of internet content per day (Howard, 2016). This includes activities such as browsing through sites, interacting with online users, sharing opinions or commenting, liking or uploading content. An excessive amount […] Read More »

SERVING GODLY

During my most recent church mission to the Philippines, from August 29 to November 8, I was reminded of Matthew 22:37 where Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” I also could not help but think upon “You shall love […] Read More »

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

When we are stressed, our muscle memory takes over and we tend to do what we are trained to do. This is the reason why the range staff prefers to train those who have no experience with guns. That way, when the suspect starts shooting, officers’ muscles are trained to respond in the right way […] Read More »

FINDING OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE, PART 2

Arousal is about getting ready for action and often causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and neural activity. It’s often referred to as being “in the zone” or “psyched up.” It’s about waking up your body so it’s ready to perform. Arousal, however, must be maintained at the appropriate level for a given […] Read More »

THE HOLYDAY SEASON

It is common to call the months of November and December “the holyday season.” Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are some of the happiest times of the year for children and their families. During this time, we give gifts of love and appreciation to one another. We visit and spend time with our families. We save […] Read More »

AN UNNECESSARY JOURNEY

Every day, we as law enforcement professionals arrest people for drunk driving. We send them through the booking process, they receive a court date and then a trial is held with the possibility of conviction. Every week, police officers, deputies or highway patrol officers are being arrested, tested, booked, arraigned, tried and possibly convicted for […] Read More »

FINDING OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE, PART 1

The term arousal refers to a state of awareness and readiness for action. Like nearly all such states, arousal must be maintained at the appropriate level for a given task in order for you to be effective. The optimal state of arousal in any situation, whether routine or an emergency, is that which energizes you […] Read More »

A TIME OF REFLECTION

As I sit down to write this column, I cannot help but think about the tension and division in our country. Messages conveying mistrust, anger, hate and even fear of law enforcement pervade today’s media culture. These messages are changing how the public views law enforcement and the criminal justice system. These changing views of […] Read More »