Officer Wellness with Brian Manley

Officer Wellness with Brian Manley

An informative discussion between retired police chief Brian Manley and law enforcement leaders about the many aspects of officer wellness in policing today.

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May 16, 2024 26 mins

In this episode of the Officer Wellness podcast, Dr. Katie Kuhlman, owner and chief psychologist at Kuhlman's Psychology and Consulting, shares invaluable insights into the importance of mandatory wellness checks for law enforcement officers. Dr. Kuhlman discusses the need for cultural competency in mental health support, the evolving landscape of law enforcement, and the critical role of community engagement in supporting off...

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In this episode of the Officer Health and Wellness podcast, host Brian Manley continues his conversation with John Bostain, owner of Command Presence Training, diving deeper into the impact of toxic leadership on officer wellness and the benefits of a positive organizational culture. 

They explore the hidden costs of poor leadership, citing a staggering five-year study on the financial burden of toxic bosses and its connec...

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In this episode of Officer Health and Wellness, join host Brian Manley as he explores the journey of advancing officer health with guest John Bostain, owner and president of Command Presence Training. John shares his experiences transitioning from law enforcement to becoming a leading figure in training and professional development. They discuss the critical role of mentorship, the power of taking intelligent risks, and the impact ...

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In this episode of the podcast, host Brian Manley discusses the importance of advancing officer health and wellness initiatives with guest BJ Wagner. They delve into the critical role of data analysis, budget savings, and risk mitigation in improving mental health responses and reducing use-of-force incidents. They highlight the success of programs like ABLE and the Law Enforcement Peer Network in fostering intervention, accountabi...

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March 21, 2024 28 mins


In this "Officer Wellness" podcast hosted by Brian Manley, guest BJ Wagner, a seasoned figure in officer health and wellness, shares her extensive experience and insights. From her years as a frontline police officer to her current leadership roles, Wagner discusses the importance of understanding and addressing behavioral health within law enforcement.

Drawing from personal encounters, she underscores the ...

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In this episode of the "Officer Wellness" podcast with host Brian Manley, Patrick Sandone, Founder and President of the Guide app, continues to share insights into his journey and the development of the Guide app. Patrick delves deeper into the app's features, such as micro-learning videos, meditation, journaling techniques, and anonymous peer support groups, all designed to provide a confidential space for personal ...

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In this episode of the "Officer Wellness" podcast hosted by Brian Manley, Patrick Sandone, the Founder and President of the Guide app, joins as a guest. Patrick opens up about his personal journey and the pivotal moment when he experienced burnout after selling his successful business. 

This led him to explore various wellness programs and ultimately inspired him to create the Guide app. The app provides a confid...

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In this episode of Officer Wellness, Retired Chief Brian Manley continues his talk on vicarious liability and more with Ernest Steves from the Emmy Award-winning show "Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops."

They continue to explore the challenges and solutions related to the mental health crisis response in law enforcement and the importance of proper training for officers, especially in de-escalation and crisis interventi...

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In this podcast episode of Officer Wellness, Retired Chief Brian Manley engages in a compelling conversation with Ernie Stevens, a dedicated law enforcement professional who spent a significant career with the San Antonio Police Department. 

Stevens, a founding member of the mental health unit, shares insights into the remarkable developments in mental health services during his tenure, highlighting the Emmy award-winning ...

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January 11, 2024 22 mins

In this podcast episode of Officer Wellness with Retired Chief Brian Manley, St. Paul Police Sergeant Eric Reitz, a seasoned law enforcement veteran, addresses the accessibility of quarterly training in Minnesota, leveraging virtual platforms post-COVID, and creative funding solutions. Reitz draws parallels between military and law enforcement wellness practices, noting the evolving attitudes toward mental health. 

Reitz a...

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Dive into our newest Officer Wellness episode featuring Eric Reitz, a dedicated 23-year veteran of the St. Paul Police Department. Join us as Eric shares his experiences in law enforcement, shedding light on officer wellness, the impactful Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and the crucial role of a supportive agency culture. 

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In this episode of Officer Wellness with Brian Manley, retired Chief Kristen Ziman reflects on her 30-year law enforcement career, navigating the profound changes in policing from the early '90s to the information age. 

She describes the transformation she led in her department, shifting the culture from a rigid one to one where officers could authentically connect with their communities. Ziman highlights the power of...

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In this powerful episode, former police chief Kristen Ziman takes us through the harrowing events surrounding the Henry Pratt Company active shooter incident. As the first female chief in her department, Ziman shares her deeply personal account of the tragedy, offering insights into the challenges of leadership during crisis. From the initial radio call to the aftermath, she reflects on the importance of preparedness, officer well-...

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In this episode of Officer Wellness, Brian and James discuss the significance of foundational training for those who have spent their career in uniform. They explore the importance of avoiding quick fixes and addressing the difficulties of maintaining physical health while working in demanding and high-adrenaline professions. They highlight the need for a holistic approach, which considers the individual's responsibility and t...

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James Gearing, a former firefighter, author of "One More Light," and podcast host of Behind the Shield, shares his journey on the Officer Health and Wellness podcast with Brian Manley. 

James reflects on his early experiences and recounts a harrowing incident at his grandfather's house, where a fire nearly took their lives. This traumatic event didn't deter him from a career in the fire service; instead...

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In part two of the "Officer Health and Wellness Podcast," Troy Anderson, Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, shares insights on the critical work being done to support law enforcement officers' mental health and wellness. He emphasizes the importance of breaking the stigma around seeking help and encourages officers to prioritize their well-being. Troy discusses their collaborat...

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In this episode of the "Officer Health and Wellness Podcast," Troy Anderson, Executive Director of Officer Safety and Wellness at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Found, shares his remarkable journey from military service to a 26-year career with the Connecticut State Police. 

Troy's dedication to officer well-being emerged after a tragic event, propelling him to establish a pioneering peer support prog...

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Bridget Truxillo joins Brian Manley to discuss how a contentious work environment can negatively impact officers' mental health and overall wellness. In this episode, she details the importance of her practice, Lady Law Shield, and how it has become an invaluable resource for her to help others in law enforcement. 

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Bridget Truxillo joins Brian Manley to discuss how a contentious work environment can negatively impact officers' mental health and overall wellness. In her experience working with SWAT law enforcement, Bridget Truxillo faced various mental stressors and obstacles. With 15 years of experience as a practicing attorney and the founder of Lady Law Shield, she now channels these challenges to fuel her passion for aiding current la...

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We kick off Season 3 with Dave Voorhees, a Patrol Officer serving with the Prospect Park Police, joins forces with the retired Austin Chief of Police, Brian Manley, to shed light on the mental health struggles experienced by law enforcement professionals in their demanding daily lives.

With a passion for supporting the well-being of officers, Dave Voorhees brings invaluable on-the-ground experience as a Patrol Officer in P...

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