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2021 Police Threat: Managing Panic and Fear Responses

In only a few seconds, a threat can change an officer's life.... because that threat can affect the officer's reactions and abilities in many ways. This session will teach the different physiological (physical) effects of being in a threatening situation, and will demonstrate how to calm anxiety, and prevent panic, for calm and stable handling of intense situations.

Goals & Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to identify the causes, signs, and effects of anxiety, including physiological responses.
  2. The student will be able to explain how continued anxiety results in stress, and what the physical, emotional and mental effects of stress can be on an individual.
  3. The student will be able to identify significant parts of the human brain and what they do, as well as how they react and function, during moments of anxiety and stress.
  4. The student will gain an understanding of anxiety & memory, and how PTSD can result from traumatic experiences.
  5. The student will be able to identify the differences between anticipatory anxiety and reactionary anxiety.
  6. The student will be able to name at least 3 ways anxiety presents itself, and at least 3 ways to calm anxiety quickly.
  7. The student will gain an understanding of their own fear, panic and anxiety responses as well as how it can affect others, which can help to de-escalate others who are experiencing those same responses.