What is your blood pressure? How is your cholesterol? When was the last time you had your hearing checked? How is your back, stomach and your weight? Do you have headaches? What’s your work stress level like?
Too often officers don’t make it to retirement because they die in the line of duty. They are not killed by a suspect, they just die. They have a stroke or heart attack or other illness that kills them. Often those illnesses are a direct result of their lifestyle and the nature of the job.
Are you working long hours but sleeping less than eight hours per day? Do you often work six days a week? Do you drink too much and smoke at all? Law enforcement can be very stressful and if we don’t take care of our health it can kill us as sure as a man with a gun. Get an annual check up. Take any medications you are prescribed. Take care of yourself, its part of officer safety; that’s what the SGT Says.