College of Policing to fund trial for more than 1,500 officers to combat stress-related sick leave
On Thursday afternoon, a dozen novice police officers straightened their backs, closed their eyes and started to meditate for the first time. “You are going to face things in this career that your family and friends will never face,” said their trainer, DI Jenni McIntyre-Smith. “To be able to deal with that is important.”
She asked the first-year Bedfordshire police constables to focus on their breathing, the sensations in their bodies and to observe their thoughts, techniques derived from Buddhist meditation which might soon be as integral to an officer’s training as how to wield a truncheon.
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