This old fart’s top heath news story today is about folks who’ve done something that I feel should have been done a long time ago. They’ve helped police to be better police. You see, law enforcement can be one of the most challenging and dangerous careers a person can choose. Police must deal with criminals, people in crisis, and a great deal of disrespect on a daily basis. To help them cope, police are trained using the U.S. Federal Bureau Of Investigation’s model of being ‘large and in charge’. They’re taught to come in screaming commands, and to use every tactic at their disposal to appear and be as intimidating as possible. In some situations this is very appropriate training, yet in other circumstances it can be exactly what NOT to do.
Most Police Training Follows The FBI Model
Yes, yelling at a suspect to drop a weapon is the right thing to do, but yelling at someone in crisis may escalate the situation. For instance, a loud and aggressive approach to a person living with a brain injury may cause their brain to shut down (flood) and make them incapable of complying. And, police’s threatening approach may cause a person suffering from a mental illness to either emotionally explode, or mentally withdraw to protect themselves, also causing them not to comply. Tragically, we all know what happens when someone refuses to comply with orders from police. Unfortunately, many law enforcement agencies do not require deescalation training.
Hurting Someone Is The Last Thing A Good Officer Wants To Do
In order to help prevent tragedy, the Northern Brain Injury Association in British Columbia created a video to give law enforcement an inside view of what someone living with a brain injury may be experiencing, and what they may be able to do to help. Now this old fart thinks that what they’ve done is awesome, because I reckon most officers really do care about folks, and the last thing they want to do is hurt someone. And, the last darn thing that someone in pain needs, whether their pain’s mental or physical, is to be hurt.
The Public Needs To Know How To Respond To Police
But the Northern Brain Injury Association didn’t stop there. It also recognizes how very important it is for people to be taught how to properly respond to police, so it also created a video to teach them how. Both videos are full of tips most people would never think of, but that can critically important in certain situations. When the association’s community coordinator, Ryan Challen, was asked what the motivation was, he replied, “The Northern Brain Injury Association’s committed to prevent tragedy, because the only known cure for brain injury is ‘prevention’.” And so this old fart says, “Kudos to them!” To learn more about the Northern Brain Injury Association, visit their website at https://www.nbia.ca.
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