If you’re a peace officer (whether in policing, corrections, probation, border patrol, or another public safety field) this book could save your life. Inspired by the author’s award-winning wellness text Bulletproof Spirit (required reading at the FBI National Academy), Police Resilience is a comprehensive and effective guide to protecting yourself and healing from trauma. Written specifically for training academies, students, and new peace officers, it provides evidence-based, field-tested resilience and wellness strategies as well as firsthand accounts from experienced officers.
Includes QR codes to access informative videos featuring veteran officers’ solutions to the real-world challenges of policing
“An excellent, lifesaving book.” — Dave Grossman, US Army Lt. Col. (ret.), author of On Combat
“In my current role as a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI, instructing police managers from throughout the United States and all over the world, I know this is an invaluable resource — a career-survival manual — for any first responder. I use it as required reading in my wellness courses at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Officers routinely report back to me how useful and meaningful they have found the many practical wellness strategies so clearly explained in this emotional-survival resource. . . . Having this information at the beginning of a career can help ensure a long, productive life of service and prevent you from suffering much heartache.” — Donald Bostic, instructor, FBI National Academy
“Having suffered from post-traumatic stress as a police officer, I know what can happen when we are exposed to unthinkable traumas. This book and the wellness strategies it describes have helped to save my life.” — police officer, Davenport, Iowa
“In my twenty-five years as an officer and now part of command staff, this book and the training offered by Captain Willis are the most meaningful and useful I have ever experienced.” — police captain, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
“Clear, compassionate, and to the point, this guidebook is an excellent resource for the newest academy graduate. . . . Captain Willis conveys the importance of health, wellness, and departmental support, and he openly explains the hazards of the job and how to maintain career peak performance.” — Sara Gilman, MFT, psychotherapist and president, Coherence Associates, Inc.
“Captain Willis successfully combines aspects of science, spirituality, and his personal experience to provide pragmatic approaches for individual officers and police organizations to maximize their health and longevity in their police careers. . . . An important and useful read.” — Michael J. Asken, PhD, police performance psychologist, author of MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations
“Details practical steps that are not only effective but essential to help protect and ensure the wellness of those who serve. This book is a must-read for all first responders.” — Shelley Zimmerman, Chief of Police (ret.), San Diego Police Department
“The book tells you why you might be traumatized by any number of criminal or emergency situations, and it offers case studies of events that would be hard to live with in the minds of even the strongest personalities. And then it brings suggestions, guidelines, and resolutions to help us live with the problems, crises, and destructions which we see every day in the lives of others.” — Dennis Smith, author of Report from Ground Zero
“Captain Willis has written a practical, extremely useful, and important guide for first responders everywhere. . . . This book offers the essential keys for preparation for, protection from, and healing after trauma for all those devoted to public safety.” — Catherine Butler, PhD, EdD, MFT, psychologist to emergency first responders
“[Captain Willis’s] work emphasizes the significance of wellness encompassing the mind, body, and spirit, and he reminds us that it is vital not only to nurture but to be nurtured as well.” — Bobby Smith, PhD, former Louisiana State Trooper and author of Visions of Courage and The Will to Survive
“Exposes the silent dangers, and sometimes killers, of many of our first-responder heroes in a dynamic and compassionate way . . . It will save lives.” — Clarke Paris, Las Vegas Metro police sergeant (ret.), author of My Life for Your Life, president of The Pain Behind the Badge Training LLC
“This book would be a valuable asset to any first responder, clinician, or peer-support person working with first responders.” — Kevin Gilmartin, PhD, author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement