psychological-based stress control training programs for police officers, changing the way their stress impacts their split second decisions in a crisis situations on the job.
Dealing with chaotic, violent situations is all in a day’s work for police officers. But how they respond and handle that stress when split second decisions are required has major impacts not only on the community they protect and serve, but also on their own health. A partnership between The University of Toronto’s Judith Andersen and Peel Regional Police is focused on using science to help front-line officers understand and control their physiological responses in times of crisis. Controlling responses helps them make better decisions, especially in situations where force may be used.
Andersen’s International Performance Resilience and Efficiency Program (iPREP) is training that puts officers in realistic scenarios and measures and analyses their sensory nervous system readings. Each officer then receives personalized feedback on how to better manage their stress response to de-escalate crises in real life situations.