15 Mar 2021

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. To build confidence and become better communicators, law enforcement officers need to learn and understand the lawful authority granted to them as part of their job. Possessing this knowledge and, better yet, understanding this authority will prepare officers to speak to citizens not only more intelligently, but with greater confidence. Simultaneously, the m...

15 Feb 2021

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. Over many decades in the United States, the term “peace officer” has been replaced with the terms “police officer” and “law enforcement officer.” This shift has occurred due to a consensus that officers were potentially applying too much discretion in their application of the law. By switching from “peace officers” to “law enforcement officers,” the primary ...

15 Jan 2021

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. The challenges of a career in Public Safety are well known. Shift work, constantly on call for emergencies and exposure to violent behaviors are just a few of the many vocational stressors that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of the men and women in Public Safety. Law Enforcement officers have a high rate of potential mental/emotional strug...

15 Dec 2020

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. Psychological First Aid (PFA) has long been used as a means of assisting people who face traumatic situations, namely disasters or other significant tragedies (e. g., 9/11). Mental health professionals and first responders can employ PFA skills by assessing “victims’” immediate needs (food, clothing, shelter, communicating with family) and providing empatheti...