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Bend Don’t Break is a podcast that tells the story of police officers who have overcome significant adversity in their personal and professional lives. Through the power of story, the listener will understand the depth of resilience and personal strength that exists in the men and women who protect our communities 24x7.

Bend Don't Break Delta Police Department

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    • 4.9 • 146 Ratings

Bend Don’t Break is a podcast that tells the story of police officers who have overcome significant adversity in their personal and professional lives. Through the power of story, the listener will understand the depth of resilience and personal strength that exists in the men and women who protect our communities 24x7.

    Navigating an International Kidnapping and the Trauma of Losing Two Canadians: Three RCMP Negotiators Share Their Stories

    Navigating an International Kidnapping and the Trauma of Losing Two Canadians: Three RCMP Negotiators Share Their Stories

    This month on the Bend Don’t Break, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by three fantastic guests. S/Sgt. Mike Bloxham, Sergeant Dave Fouche, and Superintendent Dave Teboul are all experienced RCMP Crisis Negotiators here to talk about the critical incident that brought them all together.
    Mike, Dave T. and Dave F. speak about a 9-month long kidnapping of two Canadian citizens. The three negotiators share their experience during the long negotiation, and how they managed their mental health struggles.

    • 52 min
    PTSD & Night Terrors. RCMP Cst. Mark Bouchard Shares His Story of Processing Trauma and Healing.

    PTSD & Night Terrors. RCMP Cst. Mark Bouchard Shares His Story of Processing Trauma and Healing.

    This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Mark Bouchard. Mark first joined the Delta Police Department in 2007 and in 2020, Mark left the Delta Police to join the RCMP. Currently, he is serving on RCMP’s North District Emergency Response Team that he has been a part of since March 2021.

    In this episode, Mark shares some of the life-changing experiences he has gone through throughout his career from patrol to ERT.

    • 52 min
    Airdrie Firefighter Chris Bentley opens up about Coping with Indirect Trauma, Years After the Catastrophic Wildfire in Slave Lake Alberta.

    Airdrie Firefighter Chris Bentley opens up about Coping with Indirect Trauma, Years After the Catastrophic Wildfire in Slave Lake Alberta.

    In this episode of Bend Don’t Break, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Chris Bentley.
    Chris and Chief Neil Dubord discuss the topic of vicarious trauma. You don’t always have to be right on the front line to experience the side effects from a traumatic incident.
    Chris shares his experience assisting with the wildfire effort in 2011 in Slave Lake, AB, and how it impacted his mental health in the years that followed. He speaks about the ups and downs he went through during and following the catastrophic ev

    • 46 min
    Standing Shoulder to Shoulder: RCMP Cpl. Deepak Prasad’s Story about Taking Care of a Community and Fellow Officers after a Tragic Mass Shooting.

    Standing Shoulder to Shoulder: RCMP Cpl. Deepak Prasad’s Story about Taking Care of a Community and Fellow Officers after a Tragic Mass Shooting.

    April 18-19th, 2020 in Nova Scotia marked one of the darkest moments in the history of the province and the country. A gunman went on a rampage and took many innocent lives including the life of Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two who had been with the RCMP for 23 years. On the morning of the 19th, Deepak’s phone went off to ‘steady-up’ and deploy the peer support team to do everything that they could do to support their community.

    • 43 min
    Vancouver Firefighter Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins on Surviving and Thriving Through a Cancer Diagnosis

    Vancouver Firefighter Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins on Surviving and Thriving Through a Cancer Diagnosis

    Get ready for another fascinating, powerful, and insightful episode of The Bend Don’t Break podcast! This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Vancouver Fire Lieutenant Jenn Dawkins. Jenn has some incredible experience both in and out of her role as a firefighter and a powerful story of resilience that anybody can learn from.
    She speaks about the challenges of being one of seven women that were a part of an 800-person organization, her firefighting career, the health challenges she has faced and overcome

    • 38 min
    Overcoming the Trauma of Investigating the Death of a Child: RCMP Cst. Glen Fenimore’s Story of Resilience

    Overcoming the Trauma of Investigating the Death of a Child: RCMP Cst. Glen Fenimore’s Story of Resilience

    Today, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Glen Fenimore, former member of the Calgary Police Service, and currently a Constable with the RCMP. Glen was with the Calgary Police for 14 years before leaving policing to be closer to his family. His service with Calgary included a role in the Priority Crimes Unit which involved being part of undercover operations.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Kootenay EM ,

Powerful Message of Support

I came upon this podcast by chance and was blown away. It is from British Columbia with agencies, and individuals, who I know. That makes it both universal and local. Real and incredibly powerful. It’s produced professionally and is of the highest caliber throughout.

It’s about policing but the themes are common with other first responders, and all emergency responders.

I come from public safety (provincial emergency management) and EHS but I found a huge amount of resonance with the stories that are told. Having been on my own mental health journey for the past 4 years and recently, finally, diagnosed with PTSD, I found these podcasts more relatable than anything else I have found.

These podcasts can help not only individuals but also organizations. We need to change our work cultures to better support responders of all stripes so that we can continue to serve and protect the public. This podcast is an important step in getting us there.

No one needs to go it alone!

Gundula Brigl
past Regional Manager
Emergency Management BC

Sooke Trail Runner ,

Translates effectively to ER Nurses as well

I found your podcast through the Abbotsford Police Department’s Facebook share of Cst. Mike Willford’s interview with you and am so grateful. I am an ER RN and my professional timeline is similar to his. Hearing how he has worked through his experiences instigated my own journey to “unpack the box”. The interview and story shared by Cst. Cathleen Falebrinza echo’d a lot of my own rationale for putting off addressing my own issues. The trauma ER nurses face has some similarities to law enforcement, yet without the same degree of constant potential violence. The unpredictable nature of the work, the human connections (both positive and negative) and the sheer intensity and volume of decisions made all add up to a toll not many understand.

I have since recommended your podcast to several of my nursing colleagues, as well as my best friend who is an RCMP member. Thank you for the example you are setting with your department’s journey to promote Mental Heath and wellness.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Lacerte
RN, BScN, Critical Care

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Outstanding

I found this podcast by chance while looking for ones relating to post traumatic growth. It has been nothing short of incredible listening to these stories of police and other first responders overcoming various incredibly stressful events. I feel like the sheer diversity of stories also does so much to help break down the stigma by showing that everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s story matters.

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