“We owe it to these folks to give them tools to make them successful.”

“(The wellness program) serves a business need, because officers who have a clearer mind provide a better service, officers who are physically fit and more flexible reduce the costs of injuries,” Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said Friday. He added: “From a leadership side … we owe it to these folks to give them tools to make them successful.”

Combined with regular midday yoga classes, the department wants to incorporate more training in mindfulness — an increasingly popular practice of self-awareness and stress reduction as well as a behavioral health specialist to provide day-to-day mental health support. Read the whole article in The Bulletin.