How To Be A Great Father and Cop…

Part 1

By Sean Riley – President & Founder – Safe Call Now

The cold hard truth…  I really know nothing about being a great father, not even a decent father.  I know what it takes to survive in the world of law enforcement, I know what it’s like to support the “Thin Blue Line” at all costs, I reveled in the “Brotherhood and Sisterhood” but I failed miserably as a father.  The day that badge was pinned on my chest, authority and leadership were bestowed upon me to carry out societies duties and see to it good always prevailed over evil.  Little did I know that someday I would become the evil that I swore to protect others from.  It’s not the evil that you think, it’s much worse because it’s those attributes and traits that kept me safe on the streets that I brought home to my child and projected onto them.  I had become a monster.

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Stress: How It Fuels Your Mental Health & Wellness

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

In the United States, 8 out of 10 people consider themselves stressed. Whether it be an internal force that causes their stress, like overthinking or fear of missing out, or external factors like family problems or troubles at work, there are a myriad of ways that stress can creep into our lives. According to the American Psychological Association, the top stressors of Americans are money, work, the economy, family responsibilities, relationships, personal health concerns, housing costs, job stability, health of loved ones, and personal safety, in that order.

With that in mind, what coping mechanisms do people utilize in order to manage their stress? Some might exercise more to alleviate their stress. Others might meditate. But for those with addiction or mental health issues, stress could become a trigger for their vice.

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What Happens When Your Career Is Over???

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

What do you do when it ends? When the career that you worked so hard for ends. The career that helped define who you were ends. Even though it was such a difficult and sometimes heart wrenching, you loved it. It becomes part of you, part of your personality. So what do you do when that journey ends?

For me my journey came to end on cold December night at the end of a sawed off 12 gauge wielded by drug addict. There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss being in the field and running calls with my guys. Sometimes, even almost 8 years later, if I see a cruiser running code, I’m heartbroken that I’m not there doing it anymore. More times than not it, still brings tears to my eyes.

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