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.
Reintegration: How Edmonton Police Service is Helping Police Officers After a Traumatic Event
In this episode, Chief Neil Dubord is excited to be joined by two guests who are both long-time Edmonton Police Service members, Colleen Mooney and Glen Klose. In this episode, Glen and Colleen discuss how Edmonton Police look after their members after traumatic events on the job, and how for the past 11 years, the department’s Reintegration Program has been helping police officers get back to work.
Beyond the Blue: Police Spouse Erica McKeddie Shares her Story about Strengthening and Supporting Law Enforcement Families.
On this episode of Bend Don’t Break, host Chief Neil Dubord speaks to the founder of the Vancouver chapter of Beyond the Blue about the need for more peer support for family members of police officers.
As the spouse of a Vancouver Police officer, Erica McKeddie founded Beyond the Blue after tragedy touched her family and her extended police family. Erica shares her story about how Beyond the Blue is working to strengthen and support law enforcement families.
Shot in the Line of Duty: Metro Vancouver Transit Police Cst. Josh Harm’s Story of Recovery and Resiliency
Metro Vancouver Transit Police Constable (Cst.) Josh Harms joins the podcast to discuss his recovery after he was shot while on duty in early 2019. After going through this traumatic event, Cst. Harms returned to work, concentrating not on the number of days it took to return, but the work he put into his recovery, resiliency, and mindset.
60 Hour Walk for PTSD Awareness: RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer’s Quest to Support First Responders
A 20 year RCMP officer, Rob Farrer recognized the need for more awareness associated with post-traumatic stress disorder amongst first responders. Rob took it upon himself to hike 1 kilometer for every fallen officer of the RCMP - 239 kilometers in 56.5 hours, over the course of three straight days.
Rob shares his process of why he decided to do the walk, what the walk was like, and what happened as a result.
Surviving the Covid-19 Crisis: Advice on How to Stay Resilient"
Metro Vancouver Transit Police Cst. Julien Ponsioen on Facing Adversity on and off the Job.
After a 21-year career with B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Cst. Julien Ponsioen joined the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, serving Vancouver’s Downtown Community area as a Neighbourhood Police Officer. In this episode, Julien speaks about the adversities he’s faced on and off the job, including trauma while with EHS, as well as coming to terms, and coming out as gay to family and colleagues.