COVID-19: Trauma resilient policing

Published 12 Jun 2020
Written by
Dr Rick Hanson, Dr Jess Miller
University of Cambridge
Reading time
10 mins

In order to meet the challenges of COVID-19, Police Care UK have turned to some of the most influential and insightful voices in resilience and mental health to find out what we can do to help support our frontline officers.

In 2019 at the annual #UpBeat conference, our Service Director, Andy Rhodes, said “Wouldn’t it be great to one day get a neuroscientist and a Buddhist in a room together to help just sort out the policing brain?” – just under a year later, Dr Jess Miller, Dr Rick Hanson and Police Care UK have helped make it a reality.

Understanding how the policing brain works using neuroscience and learning from disciplines which use mental practice has significant benefits for policing as an institution and for the individual. This is especially true in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which officers need support on the ground to respond to extraordinary and rapidly changing circumstances.

In this video conversation, Rick and Jess offer practical tips for officers on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as sound advice for leadership on how to embed resilient policing brain traits into the wider culture of policing longer term.


Author of the book Resilient, Rick is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. He’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and meditation centers worldwide. His books are available in 28 languages and also include Buddha’s Brain, and Just One Thing. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR.

Dr Jess Miller is Principle Investigator the award-winning Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project, bringing 20 years of research experience, including work in critical incident support and preventing violent extremism. Jess now translates the latest neuropsychology into the reality of operational police trauma resilience training and surveys police wellbeing across the UK.

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