VALOR Voices

VALOR Voices

The VALOR Initiative is pleased to announce a new podcast series, VALOR Voices.  Each VALOR Voices podcast will focus on a different officer safety, wellness, or resiliency topic.

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Healthy Hire–Healthy Retire

Moderator: Alex Nuñez
Presenter: Captain Brian Nanavaty
July 25, 2017 – 30 minutes

In this episode of the VALOR Voices podcast, Captain Brian Nanavaty of the Indianapolis, Indiana, Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) discusses officer wellness and resiliency. Captain Nanavaty played a key role in the development of IMPD’s Office of Professional Development and Police Wellness. In 2015, the IMPD won the Destination Zero award for Officer Wellness. Captain Nanavaty details why agencies need to be proactive and implement wellness programs for their officers. At the very core of the issue, a partnership needs to be created between every officer and his or her agency by providing the resources for officers to stay physically and mentally healthy and resilient, from the point of hire through retirement. Captain Nanavaty explains how this partnership will benefit the officer, the department, and the community.

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The Benefits of Sleep

June 30, 2016 – 15 minutes

Sleep is beneficial for both our bodies and our minds. Not receiving the proper amount of quality sleep may affect your or the public’s safety. With the help of Dr. Olivia Johnson, we will discuss the benefits of sleep, the dangers of not getting enough sleep, and tips for achieving better sleep.

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Professional Policing in the 21st Century

May 26, 2016 – 17 minutes

Should law enforcement officers be considered professionals, and if so why? If officers should be viewed as professionals how should they, interact with members of the community? Lieutenant Roy Alston, who serves with the Dallas Police Department, shares his thoughts on these matters and other pertinent issues that law enforcement agencies face improve trust and community relations.

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Creative Commons BY NC logoVALOR Voices podcasts feature the song "Mississippi Turn-Around" by Nick Jaina, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-VI-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.