Police work is challenging. Police officers are sworn to maintain peace and order in our communities. However, police officers often jeopardize their own safety and lives in order to serve and protect civilians from eminent threat. Exposure to multiple critical incidents may have severe impact on officers’ health and personal lives.

The current book refers to the testimonials of police officers – survivors who experienced uniquely severe critical incidents (e.g., mass shootings, terrorist attacks, hostage situations) in the line of duty. All cases included in this study have been extensively covered by national and international media (e.g., CNN, NBC, CBC). The aim of this book is to explore the impact of exposure to such unique cases in officers’ lives. Further, author highlighted and studied the heroism and resilience of the officers who survived through hardships. Author personally met the officers and listened to their stories. Author and his team conducted in-depth and semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions. Consequently, author maintained flexible, spontaneous, and natural conversations, which ultimately allowed participants to feel comfortable enough to share their experiences. Author conducted one-on-one interviews and the sessions were voice recorded and transcribed by research assistants. Taking into account the aims of this project this book emphasizes on officers’ survival skills during a life-threatening situation, strengths and coping skills during and after a critical incident. The analyses of the officers-survivors’ interviews led to multiple outcomes that would enable law enforcement professionals, health professionals, and researchers understand the impact of exposure to unprecedented stress and trauma on officers’ lives.

In the present study, authors attempted to answer the following questions: What gives officers strengths during a life-threatening situation? What makes officers thwart a mass shooter or a violent criminal when civilians try to escape from the critical incident site? What helps officers survive when they are severely wounded and bleeding on the street? Consequently, the current study opens dialogues to the study of resilience, survival, and recovery process of those who are sworn to maintain peace and order in our communities.

To receive a 20% discount (that is $65), readers should order the book via email in the publisher’s email address: [email protected] with the code Leaflets20 in the subject line.

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Konstantinos Papazoglou, MA, Psychology PhD Candidate; Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab; HART Lab Website: http://www.hartlab.netUniversity of Toronto