I got to sit down with my childhood friend Elijah who is now a police officer and what we discussed was how internalized trauma on the cop’s end yields a poorer performance by that officer. It is important to realize how mental health is an important factor on both ends of the spectrum: how an officer deals with a mental health crisis and dealing with their own.
:59 How long have you been a police officer for?
1:32 The process of becoming a cop
3:28 What made you want to become a cop?
4:30 Becoming a christian and a youth pastor
7:03 The benefits of becoming a cop
9:15 Dividing Alexandria into districts
10:00 Themes of crime based on location
12:25 Uniquely positioned to be an enforcer
14:30 A time when you helped someone at their worst
19:30 Did you get proper mental health training?
21:20 Mental health first aid
23:15 what about a psychologist partnered with officers?
24:40 crisis intervention training
25:00 You should get paid more money for more training
28:00 there needs to be a better vetting process to become a police officer
30:21 police officers and their implicit bias
31:10 seeking to change systemic racism
32:20 affirmative action within the police force
35:00 staying away from generalizations
36:40 “have you ever been in a situation where a fellow officer acted dishonestly?”
38:00 what stereotype do you dislike the most surrounding police officers?
39:40 being a police officer is traumatic
41:20 having ptsd
43:30 systemic racism
44:20 poor mental health results in cops acting emotionally
46:10 Kobe beef cops
48:00 stigmatization of what it means to be strong
51:00 are cops too human?
57:00 we need more money to police training
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