The International Police Resilience Symposium will take place from September 22-24, 2020. It is being co-hosted by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. 

This virtual event will bring together leading researchers in resilience and related areas under the theme of ‘Resilience and Wellbeing NOW.’ 

The theme was specifically chosen to address how both global and local-based issues are taking a negative toll on police personnel both mentally and physically. It will look at how both the individual and agency can take responsibility for their wellbeing and how science-based practices in resilience can help members become aware of resilience techniques to develop practical, positive coping strategies. 

Continuing the theme of ‘now’ is although there are plans to host a much larger, in-person conference in New York City next year, the organisers felt they did not want to wait an entire year to get together.

There will be no registration fee for attendees.   

Research has shown that when the individual officer has overall positive mental and physical health, and is resilient, the benefits go beyond increasing their personal well-being. It extends to making their agency more effective and this impacts the community by making it safer. 

Over the three days there will be inputs from police leaders, innovators, and academics sharing resilience and positive mental health practices, programs, and research. 

With more than 40 presenters from seven countries, there will be lots to learn and delegates will leave with knowledge that they can start applying now to improve resilience for themselves, their colleagues and their agency / force.  

If you want to find out more about this event, the speakers, agenda and how to register check out their website below.