Law Enforcement Family Resources

Spouses and Families

The purpose of this Web Site is to provide Law Enforcement families and under served law enforcement communities with essential psychological information and improved access to family support services.

Police Couples Conference
Mount Hermon has partnered with Peace Officers for Christ to bring you and your spouse an incredible weekend of teaching, worship, recreation and seminars and lifecoaching. Located in the coastal redwoods 15 minutes from Santa Cruz, Mount Hermon offers great accommodations, food, spiritual nourishment and a multitude of recreational options including the Redwood Canopy Tours (zip lines through the redwoods), kayaking, swimming, rock walls for climbing, basketball, a huge game room and a fully equipped workout room.

Wives Behind The Badge
One Family. One Vision. One Badge. Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. is dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to law enforcement families, and serving as a positive voice for law enforcement in the community.

How To Love Your Cop
Marriage is hard. Marriage to a cop is even harder. We as law enforcement wives battle loneliness, fear, and a life marked by the inconveniences of a crisis-driven career. But our marriages can not only survive, but thrive, given the choices and attitudes we adopt on a day-to-day, year-to-year basis. A website and blog written by Victoria M. Newman, the author of A CHiP on My Shoulder – How to Love Your Cop with Attitude.

I Love A Cop
Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, consultant, and trainer with over twenty years experience working with public safety personnel, their agencies, and their families. She's written two books. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know and I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know (2004). I Love a Cop was first published in 1997. A revised--post 9/​11, post Katrina--edition was released in 2007. It has sold more than 85,000 copies and is used worldwide in police and spousal academies.

Below 100: A Partner & Spouse’s Call to Duty
10 steps you can take now to keep your LEO safe

Emotional Survival/PTSD

Emotional Survival
Dr. Gilmartin is a behavioral scientist who specializes in issues related to law enforcement. With twenty years of police experience under his belt, he currently provides service to the law enforcement community as a consultant. In writing this book, it was his goal to aid officers and their families in maintaining and/or improving their quality of life both personally ad professionally.

Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance Documentary
Law enforcement and PTSD: A deadly combination

CopShock: Surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Safe Call Now
Saving the lives of those who protect us.

Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance
Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance was established as a volunteer peer support network whose commitment is exclusively dedicated to providing a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and their families. In doing so the POPPA Organization facilitates families and individuals in coping more effectively with the multitude of stresses experienced during the course of their law enforcement profession. We are dedicated to the prevention and reduction of marital problems, substance abuse, suicide as well as existing psychological disorders among our officers and their families. The POPPA program is designed to reduce the existing gap between the access and availability of necessary support services which includes the utilization of a professional mental health network.

The Badge of Life
Recognizing that “numbers” are nothing more than the reflection of a far deeper problem in the ranks of law enforcement, we must find a way of not only caring for the suicidal/critical officer, but also tackle the root causes that got him there and find ways to keep him off that path. To put it simply, we need to keep officers from BECOMING suicidal, not wait until they get there!

Law Enforcement and Sleep Disorders

The Wake Up Squad
Learning about shift work disorders.

Science Daily
Sleep Disorders Common Among Police Officers

Our Cops Are Ticking Time Bombs For Lack Of Sleep Comments from the field on officer fatigue

The Importance Of Sleep To Police Officers
As a Cop, Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Sleep Deprivation: What Does It Mean For Public Safety Officers?
Bryan Vila is a professor of criminal justice at Washington State University Spokane and director of the Critical Job Tasks Simulation Laboratory in the Sleep and Performance Research Center. Vila served as a law enforcement officer for 17 years. He has authored numerous research articles and four books, including Tired Cops: The Importance of Managing Police Fatigue.

No Rest For The Weary
From Winter 2008 Tech Beat, Dedicated to Reporting Developments in Technology for Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Forensic Sciences

Tired Cops: The importance of managing police fatigue
Bryan Vila, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice at Washington State University and director of its Hazardous Occupational Tasks Simulation laboratory. His research interests include cross-cultural policing, police fatigue and work hours, strategic crime control, and the historical development of policing and punishment in America. He has published more than 50 articles on these topics as well as four books, including Micronesian Blues (Paladin, 2009), Tired Cops: the Importance of Managing Police Fatigue (Police Executive Research Forum, 2000), The Role of Police in American Society (Greenwood, 1999), and Capital Punishment in the United States (Greenwood, 1997).

Sleep Deprivation: Public Enemy Number 1 For Cops
Police Policy Studies Council, From CBS HealthWatch July 8, 2001

Training and Survival

CopsAlive is about Cops helping other Cops, stay alive!
Welcome Police Officers & Law Enforcement to the #1 Resource for Cops

Lexipol, Gordon Graham, Risk Prevention
Gordon Graham's "Below 100" Presentation - Atlanta, GA 2012 Lexipol is America’s leading provider of risk management resources for public safety organizations, delivering our services through a unique, web-based development system. Lexipol offers state-specific policy manuals that are integrated with scenario-based Daily Training Bulletins on high-risk, low-frequency events.

More Than A Cop
Teaching survival skills beyond the street.

Dave Smith & Associates, aka Buck Savage
Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith has been a law enforcement icon for nearly four decades. In 1998, Dave and his wife, police trainer and prolific author Betsy Brantner Smith, combined forces to create Dave Smith and Associates and “Winning Mind Seminars.” Together the Smith’s provide law enforcement training and consulting services that are unique, proven, and constantly updated.

"We will continue to post articles, news, and videos to help you as our part of the conspiracy. You will actively think when you read or watch these posts, “what would I do?” mentally rehearsing YOU resolving this or that crisis successfully. On the street, think to yourself, “Not today, not on this shift, not on this call, not on this stop, I will not be caught unaware!"
Law Enforcement in depth

Gordon Graham
Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.

Law Officer
Featuring the best in tactics, technology and training for the law enforcement professional, Law Officer provides the quality information needed to get the job done safely and effectively. Editorial content targets the needs of trainers, supervisors and middle managers ... important decision-makers and purchasing influencers.

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Law articles on leadership from a variety of excellent authors.

Bob Vernon
Bob Vernon, Law Officer's On Point columnist, retired from the LAPD after 37 years on the force. He earned an MBA at Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Managerial Policy Institute and the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Vernon also founded The Pointman Leadership Institute, which provides principle-based ethics seminars around the world.

Pointman Leadership Institute
Real leadership is about character. PLI’s vision is to transform cultures by creating and supporting inspirational, trustworthy leaders. Its mission is to provide ethics training worldwide in character-based, principled leadership.

LOD Deaths

Officer Down Memorial Page
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation." -Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder

Concerns of Police Survivors, C.O.P.S.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

California Specific

Police Officers Research Association of California

California Public Employees Retirement System


Whole Truth Project
THE WHOLE TRUTH PROJECT is dedicated to protecting innocent police officers, wrongfully accused of police misconduct in wrongful conviction lawsuits and other civil rights cases.

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