Adam Kinakin is a CAF veteran and experienced member of the L.E.O community. His eclectic interests have lead him to create the Tactical Breakdown Podcast. He’s also the creator of the ILET Summit, an international, online summit that brings together the world’s leading experts on the topics that affect law enforcement officers the most. This episode delves into the new reality we’re living with respects to policing, COVID19 and mental health.
The Mental Health Crisis
Are we prepared to deal, as a society, with the impacts that months in lockdown due to COVID19 will have produced? Not just for the population on a whole but for the members of the L.E.O. community who still have to go out and do their jobs everyday. Adam makes a great point in the episode that, and I’m paraphrasing heavily;
You come home after a shift, you normally take off your uniform, chill out with a drink or see your buddies on the weekend. Now, that support system is no longer there.
The central nervous system (CNS) needs some “down regulation” time which I talked about in an episode with Dr. Kelly Starrett. Policing is a stressful job and having enough close friends that do the job, I know the horrible shit that they see on the regular. That is a tremendous load on the CNS and needs time to process. No matter how “hard” you might think you are, the CNS only has so much carrying capacity.
As social animals, I don’t know if ZOOM calls can fill in that gap. I know, for me, hanging out and having a brew with my buddies is very therapeutic and I’m not dealing with car crash victims or gang violence on the regular. Hanging out is shown to be quite therapeutic according to a study by Oxford professor Robin Dunbar.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The numbers don’t look good. Studies conducted over the last decade are showing alarming trends with our police officers experiencing high rates of PTSD, anxiety disorders and suicide. Myself, nor Adam don’t pretend to have the answers, however, Adam’s ILET Summit is definitely a step in the right direction. He’s brought together the best minds in the industry to share and collaborate and make the profession better and keep our thin blue line healthy.
Train Hard, Fight Easy
Dave is a retired infantry officer and Afghanistan war veteran. He’s the creator of the HRD2KILL training program that was built on the principles that got him from not being able to get out of bed to competing in the Crossfit Open, Spartan Races and the Montreal Gaelic Athletics Association. You can find more mobility based exercises in his new book, “The Nimble Warrior”, now available on Amazon or tune into his new HRD2KILL Podcast