PULLMAN, WASH –
It has been a tough, trying year for people around the world. The Pullman Police Department is one such group that has had a lot on their plate this last year.
COVID-19 has added a lot of work stress to the already stressful job of being an officer. The racial injustice that has happened around the country has put the entire police force under a microscope and has added to the stress officers experience.
Officer Brian Chamberlin of the Pullman Police Department saw there was a need for something to help local police manage their mental and physical health, so he and members of the wellness committee created a wellness app for officers.
This app has several features that will greatly benefit local police, says Chamberlin. He says the app provides fitness and nutrition tips, chaplain services, therapists, yoga, destressing audio sounds, and even sleep monitoring.
The app has numerous functions that will help officers moving forward. Chamberlin says one of the most important functions is that “it’s confidential. Nothing is recorded on the app itself. It allows that officer who maybe normally wouldn’t want to go talk to somebody here at the department the opportunity to go to the resources themselves.”
There is a version of the app available to the public, but the version provided to the officers offers more resources.
Chamberlin says maintaining physical and mental health is very important for their job and he is very hopeful that officers will take advantage of the resources on this app to help maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body.