Coping with Law Enforcement Stress

COURSE FEE: $125          ***SPACE IS LIMITED***


Police work is one of the most stressful jobs in this country. Day after day, officers see the worst of humanity and absorb the world's negativity. It is unrealistic to believe the challenges of policing will have little to no effect on the minds, bodies, and over all well-being of those who work to keep our communities safe. The Coping with Law Enforcement Stress class is two days of instruction designed to help officers recognize the danger of unmanaged stress in their lives. Day one deals with daily stressors law enforcement officers face.  The instructor will discuss the likelihood of chronic stress in an officer's life and the negative effects it causes. Several department studies dealing with officer suicide will be shown in class.  During the first day of class officers will be encouraged to find an outlet in their lives to help them manage the unavoidable stress they will encounter. A retired psychologist will be present on day two. The officers will be taught how to function daily while dealing with stress and how to recognize symptoms of stress.

Instructor Bio: Norman Hale and Dr. Jack Thomas
Norman Hale is a Captain with the White County Sheriff’s Department.  He has been in supervision since 1994 and currently supervises Patrol, CID, the Judicial Division and a past Detention Center Administrator.  Captain Hale left Harding with 109 hours in Computer Science, to pursue his dream for Law Enforcement.  He began his Law Enforcement career as an auxiliary member of the White County Sheriff’s Department in 1987. He received his Law Enforcement Senior Certificate in 2005. He was appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Security and Emergency Preparedness in April of 2011.

Dr. Jack Thomas has over 43 years of experience in behavioral science and psychology.  He is formerly a professor at Harding University where he taught a variety of topics in the psychology department.  In private practice, Dr. Thomas treats eating disorders, anxiety, depression and poor impulse control conditions. Dr. Thomas worked as the resident psychologist at the Searcy Police Department in Searcy, Arkansas to help officers navigate through life’s challenges and handle the stress of policing. Dr. Thomas continues to help law enforcement officers with psychological issues through private practice and training programs.

Target Audience:  This course is designed for all certified law enforcement officers.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment: None

CONTACT INFORMATION: Kimberly Hendricks: at 501-570-8041 or Sandy Edgar: at 501-570-8033.
Toll free: 1-800-635-6310.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-570-1465 which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).

This class is 14 hours.


April 14-15, 2016
Union County Sheriff’s Office
El Dorado, AR

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