Maintaining Strong Physical Health

Maintaining focus on physical wellness before, during, and after policing 1st Amendment events and civil unrest can help keep your body and mind healthy. During protests you should strive to do the following to ensure physical safety and wellbeing:29,30,31,32,33

REMEMBER: Don Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to ensure that you and other first responders can perform their duties safely. Protests and 1st Amendment assemblies introduce a need for enhanced PPE, such as body armor, shields, helmets, and facemasks. Further, the need for PPE is even greater as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are now required to wear PPE, which complies with CDC guidelines around community health concerns.


It’s often the last priority in our busy routines, but maintaining regular check-ups with your doctor is vital. A quick visit helps monitor and treat any potential health issues before they become too serious. Particularly for those who encounter such high levels of occupational stress, having a good baseline understanding of your health is crucial to understanding your limits. Keeping up with vaccines, medications and treatments will help keep you and your fellow officers healthy.

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