Police & Public Safety Officers

Police and Public Safety Officers

For police and public safety officers, 2 The Rescue provides hands-on training thats second to none and exceeds expectations. Assaults, vehicle crashes, being struck by vehicles and stress are among the most significant hazards police officers face today, according to Safety and Health Protection Efforts in the Police Service by Tom LaTourrette, Ph.D., as published in The Police Chief magazine. Assaults (38%) and vehicle crashes (37%) accounted for the majority of fatal injuries, while driving (16%), traffic stops and traffic-related activities (11%) accounted for most non-fatal injuries.

These factors help explain why in a study of the Buffalo, New York police department, the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health concluded the daily stress faced by police offers puts them at a considerably higher risk for various long-term physical and mental health effects when compared to those in the general population.

Given these ever-present chances of assault, vehicular injury and stress, 2 The Rescue has created courses that can help police officers minimize their risks, enhance their safety and manage their emotional wellness“ all while improving the efficiency with which they perform their duties.

“Zero to 60: Career Survival and Emotional Wellness”

Through boots on the ground experiences, 2 The Rescue provides first responders a clear picture of why their profession can lead to destructive habits and unhealthy lifestyles. We will demonstrate how the inability to manage the cumulative stress from daily exposures to adrenaline and trauma can negatively affect the responder’s safety, decision-making and ability to remain ethically solid.

After attending our Career Survival and Emotional Wellness course, your first responders, their loved ones and work family will be armed with tools to manage their everyday stressors. We’ll help them recognize the warning signs for chronic and post-traumatic stress and suicidal behavior. All will leave with realistic, simple and successful methods to help rescue the rescuers! Topics addressed include:

  • Understanding The Lifestyle Change
  • Recognizing the heavy toll
  • Assessing the disturbing facts
  • Acknowledging career realities
  • Managing acute, critical incident and post-traumatic stress
  • Understanding the “Terrible 10” Stressors
  • Assessing the mindsets of the organization, it responders and their loved ones
  • Learning the good, bad and ugly of adrenaline
  • Controlling the adrenaline roller coaster
  • Differentiating core values vs. situational values
  • Staying ethically sound
  • Recognizing personal destructive behavior

  • Identifying normal vs. abnormal behaviors
  • Maintaining the proper priorities to build a healthy resilience
  • Identifying physical, emotional and behavioral warning signs
  • Recognizing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress
  • Becoming aware of suicidal tendencies
  • Providing lifestyle management tips
  • Learning the 4 Cs of Survival
  • Discovering support keys and phrases for peers and loved ones
  • Knowing crisis referral options
  • And more


“Loss of Control: Suicide, PTS & High Risk Behavior Education”

This frontline experience-based wellness training is designed for first responders, their loved ones, organizational leaders and peer support team members and will address suicide, post traumatic stresses, secondary trauma and accumulative career exposures. Whether you have been in this field 3 weeks or 30 years you will be given life changing tools to be safe, successful and healthy in your career, personal life and into retirement. You will be armed to be a more knowledgeable and effective peer for your partners.

Attendees will learn why the suicide rates are so high within first responders cultures and what must change! You will understand what post traumatic stressors are and be able to recognize high risk lifestyle behaviors so to make personal changes or intervene before it is to late. Topics addressed include:

  • The Terrible Ten!
  • Trauma exposure survival keys
  • Personal and departmental accountability
  • Are you a high risk responder?
  • High risk behaviors and destructive warning signs
  • High risk years of service
  • Suicide & PTS signs, symptoms and intervention options
  • How to survive accumulative and post traumatic stress
  • Cumulative and secondary stress responses
  • Mastering the adrenaline rush
  • Support systems
  • The ins, outs and workings of a critical incident
  • The importance of communication
  • Peer support role (formal and informal)

“Peer Support Team: Bringing Your Team To The Next Level!”

Whether you call it a Cop to Cop Responder team or CISM Team, you may be wondering how to bring them to the next level of care for your personnel and their families. This course will help you develop and maintain a successful team, show you how to educate your organization from the top down to the front lines and teach ways to gain the support of your risk management and union leadership. Peer Support Teams is designed as an open discussion format. Two the Rescue will lead the dialogue on a range of training topics, encouraging course participants to raise specific questions on what is and isn’t working in sustaining their peer support team. Topics include:

  • History of First Responder Peer Support
  • Basic training needs and support
  • Advanced training needs
  • Education for the leadership
  • How to educate the new recruits
  • Problem Recognition
  • Policy, Procedures & SOP’s
  • State Laws – privacy of peer to peer conversations
  • What is a CISM Debriefing vs. Defusing?
  • When is it time for the One-on-One’s?
  • Mindset of an organization and its personnel

  • Building awareness and trust: How to make your team visible
  • WHO is on this team and how to keep them active
  • Networking and Mutual Aid when it comes to use of another Peer Support Team
  • Where does CISM fall when dealing with First Responders family members
  • Death Notifications
  • Dealing with the Line of Duty Death or Suicide of a colleague
  • References, Resources and Support

“Personal Conflict Assessment, Situational Awareness and De-Escalation Techniques”

Conflict occurs when the beliefs or actions of one or more members of a group are resisted by others. Of course, the violence that can result from such conflict is a concern for any business or organization.

Given the potential for workplace violence, you’ll benefit from 2 The Rescue’s course on Personal Conflict Assessment, Situational Awareness and De-Escalation Techniques. Comprehensive in its approach, it explores proven techniques of awareness and recognition. They emphasize de-escalation, avoidance over confrontation, and how to respond. Topics covered include:

  • Developing a mindset for success
  • Differentiating conflict vs. crisis mentality
  • Understanding why we fail
  • Knowing the 3 Principles of Personal Safety
  • Learning verbal control principles
  • Enhancing conflict management skills
  • Knowing the importance of active listening
  • Practicing de-escalation techniques
  • Identifying verbal violence warning signs
  • Discerning non-verbal pre-attack indicators
  • Understanding survival response options

  • Spotting handgun carry indicators
  • Practicing safe-escorting techniques
  • Addressing environmental concerns
  • Avoiding and warding off dog attacks
  • Recognizing radical group warning signs
  • Learning marijuana grow regulations
  • Detecting illegal drugs and paraphernalia
  • Identifying bombs and incendiary devices
  • Providing layers of security
  • And more

“Emergency Response Liability & Advanced Driving Strategies”

This advanced driver’s training program from 2 The Rescue adheres to your organization’s practices as it meets or exceeds legal statutes of the State of Michigan. The course’s training methods are designed to change your vehicle operator attitudes and modify their driving behaviors in non-emergency, emergency and pursuit operations to help ensure safe, legal and efficient responses in all situations.

“Active Assailant Preparedness & Response”

No one can realistically expect to eliminate the potential for workplace violence. These events continue to occur with increasing regularity and severity. However, with training to recognize the indicators and preparation to react appropriately, any company or organization can minimize the devastation from these tragedies.

Comprehensive in its approach, the Active Shooter and Assailant Preparedness course from 2 The Rescue covers topics including:

  • Assessing an assailant’s state of mind
  • Discussing FBI active shooter incidents
  • Recognizing preparatory indicators
  • Identifying pre-attack behaviors
  • Distinguishing handgun indicators
  • Developing a survival mindset
  • Minimizing the devastation after an occurrence

  • Knowing: Recognition + reaction = survival
  • Practicing run-hide-fight
  • Learning What’s Important Now (W.I.N.)
  • Enacting 911 communication protocols
  • Designating safe rooms
  • Preparing emergency kits
  • And more

“Scene Safety & Traffic Control”

A combination of classroom learnings and hands-on training, this 2 The Rescue course helps police officers learn the legal requirements for scene control according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), OSHA and DOT regulations.


“I had the opportunity to sit through 2 The Rescue with Terry and Mike. It was an amazing course that should be adopted by all public safety agencies. Terry has an unbelievable passion for helping others and a commitment to wellness. I had always looked up to Terry and Mike as a young officer working at GRPD. I highly recommend this class. Thank you for making a difference!” Inspector Jason Nemecek, Michigan State Police

“Excellent program! Plain speak not fancy talk.. REAL WORLD!” Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy, Calhoun County, MI

“I really liked the real world application and humility! The “I’m not perfect and that’s Ok” message is powerful! I also loved the family participation component.” Unknown Law Enforcement Family Member, Calhoun County, MI

“Great topics about actual issues that evolve from the law enforcement career. This program was a good length in time; however, it could be longer!” Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall, MI

“The personalities and relatability of the instructors was refreshing. The ability to relate to us in our profession was great! If a network was created to volunteer with this organization, that would be phenomenal.” Police Officer Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center, Marshall, MI

“The experience of the presenters made a difference. Knowing that they lived it, not just studied it!” Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall, MI

“I have been in law enforcement for 14 years and this was probably the best course I have attended because I completely felt like it was all about me! I think every officer should attend.” Unknown Police Officer Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center, Marshall, MI

“Gentlemen ~ I would like to thank you for putting together the session last evening.  It was very informative and, and I believe, invaluable to us as parents of future officers.  You all did a fantastic job of painting a picture of what to expect and, also, what to be on the lookout for.  I appreciate your candor in opening up your personal experiences to strangers.  While that is always a difficult thing to do, I feel it was invaluable in this instance. I’m pleased to know that changes are taking place and progress is being made in recognizing that mental stability and wellbeing can be affected. But that it can be dealt with, does not have to initiate a stigma that damages a persons career.  Heartfelt appreciation to all of you.”  Pam DeJong Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

“I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the training. You and Mike are saving lives, saving relationships, and preventing substance abuse with every presentation. Every public safety employee should attend this valuable training. I admire the courage and forthright nature by which you tell your personal story to bring home the importance of emotional wellness for first responders.” Daniel J. Mills, Senior Deputy Police & Fire Chief, Portage, MI

“I attended your workshop last night and I didn’t get a chance to thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. It provided an extra component to the training that is invaluable. I came as a support person for my husband. I am not a first responder. I have been a medical oncology nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner for 11 years & just recently within the past year started staffing the child abuse clinic at Bronson. My exposure to trauma is different than that of EMS, Law Enforcement, Firefighter. Even so, I have noticed some of the coping mechanisms and personality traits that you discussed surface throughout my own career. Your tips and tricks for relationship strengthening for those unable to make decisions and those drained of emotion are spot on. I found it VERY helpful my personal use and for application when being a supportive wife. Thanks again. Keep up the Good Work!” Sherri Khillah, Nurse and Responder Wife, Kalamazoo, MI

“A great chance to take the time and internally reflect on how we need to continually remind ourselves that our emotional well-being is as important to our survival as maintaining our tactical skills.” Greg L. “ Deputy Director, Walker Police Department, Walker, MI

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For your persistence on bringing this program in to us! I can’t even explain how much this has impacted my self and family. There have been so many things that I have experienced throughout my life that have been explained from this. I hope we can have the opportunity again in the future to go through this program and include more family because these issues are really far reaching.That’s a home run in my book.” Captain Foulke, Pittsfield Township Fire Department, Pittsfield, MI

“Much needed and long overdue training. Hit home and the heart. Quite possibly one of the best trainings we have had.” 19 Year Police Veteran

“This is a very important issue that we need to continue to improve at.” 29 Year Police Sergeant

“Best training in a while!” 25 Year Police Veteran

“Great Training! Refreshing to have a training like this.” 22 year Police Veteran

“Excellent! This has been a long time coming.” 25 Year Police Sergeant

“One of the best training presentations I have ever been through in my career.” 19 Year Police Veteran