Course detail: Officer Wellness and Fitness for Duty

In the current environment of law enforcement, we have experienced an unprecedented influx of social media, negative media coverage and declining community support. It significantly impacts the established construct we have for effective law enforcement by redefining what police work is and unwittingly encourages micromanagement from leadership. 

This presenter has a combined service of 42-years as a police officer, supervisor, commander and know licensed mental health clinician. This "veteran" is of the opinion the current public attitude towards the police is the worst he has ever witnessed. 

This course promotes change in who and how we hire. Moreover, it promotes taking care of employee's emotional needs as a moral duty, while also serving to slow attrition rates, and when possible, to repair those who are changed by the caustic world of law enforcement.  

This course is intended as another tool to aid with developing a comprehensive approach to police psychological services. 

Course Competency:   
  • Participants will support their wellness and resilience with skills learned in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas required of law enforcement officers. 

Course Objectives: 
  • Develop direction and guidance for pre-employment psychological evaluations.
  • Apply wellness and psychological first aid following a critical or emotionally disturbing incident. 
  • Determine the difference between a mental health professional in an administrative function and a mental health person in a wellness function. 
  • Define and identify a culturally competent mental health provider for their law enforcement agency. 
  • Provide peer support and determine when a fitness for duty evaluation should be considered. 
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Practical Exercises

Who Should Attend: 
  • Sheriffs 
  • Police Chiefs
  • Managers
  • Supervisors 
  • Personnel assigned in a Police Human Resources function 
Course Requirements:
  • 100% Attendance
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 Session Detail: LE22384F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 02/09/22 and ending on 02/09/22
Times: 08:30am - 12:30pm
Registration Fee : $40.00


Please dress in layers as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. Participants are responsible for their travel, meals and lodging.


Name Additional Resources
Pat Hinkle

Facility Detail

Manhattan Fire Dept
2000 Denison Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 587-4504