Strengthening the mind of law enforcers

Today’s police officer is equipped with body armor, sidearms, tasers, body cameras and other physical protection, but a former Army officer and author told a gathering of local law enforcers in Biloxi today that it’s just important to have mental protection, too.

More than 350 city, county and federal law enforcers from 50 agencies gathered at the Biloxi Civic Center today to see “The Bullet Proof Mind,”a seminar by Dave Grossman, a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and American author.

Grossman presented the challenges of the protectors of the innocent, the mind set of a predator and the realities of using deadly force.  He also presented models for action that ensure professionals can train for and overcome unique mental stressors, such as PTSD.

“This training provides a local opportunity for officers, with no or very little travel and expenses associated with that,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. “This is a joint effort between the Biloxi, Gulfport, and Pascagoula Police departments, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Attorney General.” 

Grossman is an expert on the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime and author of “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society”. 
See images from the training


News and notes

Boat parade kick-off: The Christmas on the Water Kick-off Party, open to all boat owners, is tonight beginning at 6 at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.  Boat owners will be able to register their boat for the water parade, which takes place the first weekend in December.  To see the flyer, click here.

Event location change: The Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball, open to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, is Friday and will now be at the Donal Snyder Community Center.  It was originally set for the Frank Gruich Community Center. To see the updated flyer, click here.