After 24 years, I retired! After some reflection, it has become clear to me that what helped me the most with the wins and losses throughout my career in law enforcement was surrounding myself with mentors, coaches, and a deeper dive into my spirituality.
During my 24 years, I had four close friends and coworkers die. One died in the line of duty and the other three took their own lives. The most helpful process after each of those losses was reaching out to my mentors/coaches and helping lead debriefs to talk to others about these incidents. I soon realized that I was not alone and how important it is to talk to and check in with somebody you feel comfortable with.
That is what brings me here. To provide a comfortable space with someone who knows the ins and outs of the job. While I think most police departments do have resources available to their officers, I feel they are either mostly reactive and are under utilized. Law Enforcement Coaching is a very proactive resource that all officers should be using. This outside resource takes the worry out of wondering if what you share will go back to your department.
There is a verse in Proverbs 27:17 that reads “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” One interpretation is that no one is ever alone. That in order to make yourself better, there is a mutual benefit making others better through mentorship, fellowship, and leading. As law enforcement, as men/women, as people, we all can be iron sharpeners. Iron sharpeners polish others so they have an opportunity to grow, learn, share, expand, and transform.
This verse, while biblical, is a perfect example of what coaching is and what it can do for an individual. While I am a Coach, I too go through life’s ups and downs. I too need somebody to check in with, who will listen to me, and help me be a better version of myself.
Whether you are just starting in your career, have 5 years on, or counting the days down until you retire, we all can use a coach to check in with, help us with our goals, or just have somebody that will listen. I am ready to be that coach for you.