I Love A Cop

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Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Since its publication nearly a decade ago, I Love a Cop has earned high praise from family members and police departments worldwide for providing answers to these and other critical questions. Now, this trusted resource has been revised to address the realities of post-9/11, post-Katrina police work. New topics include coping with separations and long ...
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Overview

Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Since its publication nearly a decade ago, I Love a Cop has earned high praise from family members and police departments worldwide for providing answers to these and other critical questions. Now, this trusted resource has been revised to address the realities of post-9/11, post-Katrina police work. New topics include coping with separations and long deployments, building resilience, and finding opportunities for growth in the wake of traumatic experiences. The book also provides up-to-date information on organizational stress, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and special challenges faced by women and minorities on the force. Whether they read it cover to cover or refer to it when problems arise, families will find no-nonsense advice and resources they can depend on.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is as necessary for the overall survival of our law enforcement officers as their vests, weapons, and officer safety tactics. The realities of the job have changed in the post-9/11 world, and the revised edition arrives just in time. Dr. Kirschman provides an in-depth look at the daily challenges facing the law enforcement officer and family, and offers specific strategies for overcoming the pitfalls that potentially take such a heavy toll. This book should be issued to every recruit entering the profession."--Kevin M. Gilmartin, PhD, author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement

"When I was Police Chief in Toronto, every graduating police officer received a copy of [i]I Love A Cop[/i]. The revised edition convinces me even more that it is the right thing to do if you wish to promote wellness in your organization. This is a 'must read' for all progressive police leaders who really care about officers and their families."--David Boothby, Chief of Police (Retired), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Library Journal
While police officers have always encountered danger, events of the past few years have increased their vulnerability. In 1997, clinical psychologist Kirschman put together this coping guide for officers, their family members, and mental health professionals, drawing on her and her colleagues' files to discuss not only the everyday challenges that police officers face but also the measures families can take for dealing with trauma. With this revised edition, Kirschman addresses facets of post-9/11 and post-Katrina police work, including chapters on domestic and alcohol abuse and the special trials of female officers and cop couples. The author maintains that police families can, in fact, thrive, and she's got the success stories to prove it. Preparedness is one of the keys to that state, and this book, which should interest its intended audience and the general public, shows how to get there. For all libraries. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593853549
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 647,194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and consultant who works with peace officers and their families. She has written extensively about police culture and is sought after as a speaker and seminar leader. Dr. Kirschman has been an invited guest at the FBI Academy and is a member of the Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is a cofounder of www.policefamilies.com and maintains a website for the public at www.ellenkirschman.com. In 2000, Dr. Kirschman was named Woman of Distinction by the Police Chiefs Spouses Worldwide. She lives in Redwood City, California.

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Table of Contents

I. "Hi Honey. I'm Home."
1. The Way It Is: Givens and Realities of Police Work
2. The Police Officer's Paradox
3. Growing Old in a Young Person's Profession: How Officers Change with Time
4. Organizational Stress: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
II. Remarkable Events
Trauma
5. Critical Incidents, Stress, and Trauma
6. From Victim to Survivor: Working Through Trauma
7. From Battlefront to Homefront: Families and Trauma
8. Kids and Trauma
Emotional Extremes
9. Domestic Abuse: The Best-Kept Secret Shame of Policing
10. Alcohol Abuse and Suicide
Getting Help
11. Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
III. Special Families, Special Issues
12. Swimming Upstream: Special Challenges Facing Women, Minorities, Lesbians, and Gay Men in Law Enforcement
13. Cop Couples
IV. Summing Up
14. Success Stories
Epilogue
Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Excellent Clinical information

    Very well done. Would be helpful for families and clinicians of police officers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Must Read for Significant Others of Police Officers

    I've read a lot of similar literature on this subject, but I Love A Cop hits the nail on the head. It was like reading a book about me and my officer... It's uncanny how unbelievably accurate Mrs. Kirschman articulates everything, from small quotes to tips to full out detailed accounts. I ABSOLUTELY URGE any significant other, spouse, or family member of a police officer to read this book and pass it along

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Fantastic book for Spouses & Significant others..but..

    ..but be forwarned before you read it! This is a wonderful book packed with tons of information geared toward your Cop's better half..you (and don't you police wives/husbands/significant others forget that!)! Personally, this book has really enriched my relationship with my new cop..but it has pissed me off royally a couple times..it's biased, and at times justifies cop shenanigans, like cheating, and neglecting the ones they love..it's really a double edged sword. I recommend it to anyone involved in a relationship with a LEO..friends, family, lovers..but be prepared to rant to your cop and throw the book at him..literally!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Loving a Cop Isn't Always Easy...

    And this book really helps answer all those questions that we, as wives or significant others, ask everyday. I've read and reread many sections of the book. Great 'How to Deal With...' sections that make the recommendations easy to apply. Must read for all 'cop' relationships!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    A must have for all law enforcement families

    Wonderful information not to be found else where.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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