Courage: It’s More Than You Think
BY A VETERAN CHIEF WHO IS COMMITTED TO IMPROVING POLICE LEADERSHIP, TRUST, EFFECTIVENESS, AND OFFICER SAFETY.
“The mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty; from the Latin “cor “– heart.*
Courage, of course, is what every police officer wants and aspires. Without it, a police officer cannot do his or her duties and will not be accepted by others in the ranks.
But what is often forgotten is that courage is more than running toward gunshots while everyone else runs away from them — and it is more than checking out a dark building on an even-darker night. Yes, courage is physical bravery, but courage is also five other actions in the face of danger that are just as important for a 21st century police officer.
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