Most of you know I’m a former officer, so you’d understand why this project is not just “up my alley” but also fun.
Project overview, it’s called CopsAlive.com – working with the Law Enforcement Survival Institute it’s a site where officers can visit and participate in exploring the options available for their future. This is a hard thing for cops, I know. Law Enforcement personalities are… different. While the images of the job enticed so many to join, those images become realities and later become what harms their lives.
Stress, divorce and worse. Aside from the job-related anxieties we’re constantly wondering what it would be like to be “normal” – a normal schedule, normal family, normal salary, normal LIVES. The threats to the life of a cop are not knives and bullets, but stress.
Giving up a badge is not unthinkable in the minds officers but the fear of “starting over” keep many from taking a leap that could enrich their lives. Healthier, more financially secure futures are mere fantasies for some of them.
CopsAlive.com is intended to motivate, inform and provide a level of comfort for these guys by providing real-life stories of law enforcement officers that have GREAT families, low levels of stress, prospering companies and more.
The advise is given by people like them, not the mind-doctors we roll our eyes with. Ideas, tools and brotherly inspiration from all over the world.
I’m building the platform for this and will contribute my personal story of leaving a force to embark on my current path. From the fear of walking out without the “identity” of being a cop, the ego-training I had to go through to the freedom, toys and late mornings I enjoy now.
I hope CopsAlive.com succeeds, I think it will. I look forward to being a part of it and am confident the users will number – there’s a large silent group that will find a home there.