‘10-33’ - Officer Down: RCMP Sgt. Laurie White’s Story of Being Shot in the Leg and Her Return to The Front Line
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by Bend Don't Break
2M ago
This week Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Laurie White. Laurie graduated from the RCMP training academy, ‘depot’, in 1996 and was posted to Kitimat, B.C.   Less than three years into her career she was shot in the leg while executing a search warrant at the home of a sex offender. Laurie shares her incredible story of losing her leg, her physical and mental recovery and her heroic return to work as the first police officer in Canada to return to full, unrestricted policing duties, with an artificial leg.   Laurie and Chief Dubord discuss how the injury sent her to a dark place mentall ..read more
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Skewed World View: How Policing Affects Your Perspective
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by Bend Don't Break
3M ago
In this episode, Chief Neil Dubord speaks with retired LAPD Chief Psychologist Dr. Kevin Jablonski. Kevin discusses how, in 25 years with the LAPD, he observed policing distort and skew how police officers view their world - becoming increasingly negative.  Kevin also challenges police officers to explore their own world view and challenge it, noting that while black and white thinking might serve a purpose on the job, life outside of policing has many more shades of grey. Key Takeaways: [2:35] Kevin talks about his background and how he became a psychologist working with police officers ..read more
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Building Resiliency: The Story of a Traumatized 911 Operator
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by Bend Don't Break
9M ago
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by  Giselle Chu, a police department employee that has had an interesting experience outside of her job that has given her a reason for resilience and an opportunity to build more self-awareness about how she could take care of herself after a traumatic incident.   Giselle Chu was born and raised in South Vancouver to immigrant parents from the Philippines. After considering a career in nursing, Giselle set her sights on law enforcement as another way of helping. Giselle attended Langara College studying General Arts and then moved on to the Jus ..read more
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A Journey in Healing: Abbotsford Police Cpl. Aaron Courtney’s Story of Staying in the Fight
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Aaron Courtney, a 19-year veteran of the Abbotsford Police Department.   In this episode, Chief Dubord speaks with Aaron about how his career and life were completely altered in 2019 after he was a victim of a serious on-duty pedestrian hit-and-run motor vehicle incident. He shares his personal story, his struggles with career loss, his major health changes, organizational pressures, and the dark realities of PTSD  and depression. He also opens up about the turning point that sparked his transformation and how his journey has led him to start ..read more
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Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective: Calgary Police Service Detective Dave Sweet’s Story.
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
On this edition of Bend Don’t Break, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by a 23-year member of the Calgary Police Service, Dave Sweet.   In this episode, Dave shares key lessons he has learned as a Homicide Detective, impactful moments in his career that have changed his perspective on policing, and the coping strategies he leverages to protect his mental health ..read more
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Navigating an International Kidnapping and the Trauma of Losing Two Canadians: Three RCMP Negotiators Share Their Stories
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
This month on the Bend Don’t Break Podcast, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by not one, but three fantastic guests. S/Sgt. Mike Bloxham, Sergeant Dave Fouche, and Superintendent Dave Teboul are all experienced RCMP Crisis Negotiators here to talk about the critical incident that brought them all together.   In this podcast, Mike, Dave T., and Dave F. speak about a 9-month long international kidnapping of two Canadian citizens. The three negotiators share their experience during the months long negotiation, and how they managed their mental health struggles after the incident was ove ..read more
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PTSD & Night Terrors. RCMP Cst. Mark Bouchard Shares His Story of Processing Trauma and Healing.
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Mark Bouchard. Mark first joined the Delta Police Department in 2007 and in 2020, Mark left the Delta Police to join the RCMP. Currently, he is serving on RCMP’s North District Emergency Response Team that he has been a part of since March 2021.   In this episode, Mark shares some of the life-changing experiences he has gone through throughout his career from patrol to ERT. He candidly speaks on how these experiences have impacted his mental health, what he has done to recover, and his advice to both leaders and first responders on what they can d ..read more
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Airdrie Firefighter Chris Bentley opens up about Coping with Indirect Trauma, Years After the Catastrophic Wildfire in Slave Lake Alberta.
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
In this episode of Bend Don’t Break, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Chris Bentley.   Chris and Chief Neil Dubord discuss the topic of vicarious trauma. You don’t always have to be right on the front line to experience the side effects from a traumatic incident.   Chris shares his experience assisting with the wildfire effort in 2011 in Slave Lake, AB, and how it impacted his mental health in the years that followed. He speaks about the ups and downs he went through during and following the catastrophic event.   When we see despair all around us, we can be weighed down ..read more
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Standing Shoulder to Shoulder: RCMP Cpl. Deepak Prasad’s Story about Taking Care of a Community and Fellow Officers after a Tragic Mass Shooting.
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
The focus of today’s episode is on creating positive situations out of the darkest moments. Joining Chief Neil Dubord today is Deepak Prasad, a Divisional Wellness Coordinator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.   April 18-19th, 2020 in Nova Scotia marked one of the darkest moments in the history of the province and the country. A gunman went on a rampage and took many innocent lives including the life of Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two who had been with the RCMP for 23 years. On the morning of the 19th, Deepak’s phone went off to ‘steady-up’ and deploy the peer support team ..read more
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Vancouver Firefighter Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins on Surviving and Thriving Through a Cancer Diagnosis
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by Delta Police Department
1y ago
Get ready for another fascinating, powerful, and insightful episode of The Bend Don’t Break podcast! This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Vancouver Fire Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins. Jenn has some incredible experience both in and out of her role as a firefighter and a powerful story of resilience that anybody can learn from.   Jenn’s story is one that anyone could relate to. She speaks about the challenges of being one of seven women that were a part of an 800-person organization, her firefighting career, the health challenges she has faced and overcome, and the strategies she ..read more
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