Number three (as an option) is to start and run an injury prevention and wellness program. The beauty of a law enforcement specific program is the simple fact that once a program is in place, and provided it has a fitness standard or protocol built in, it can become your department's fitness standard. At this point utilization of incumbent officers and senior staff to reinforce the benefits of the program will over time create and instill a culture of fitness and wellness throughout your department. As new employees enter the ranks they will step into an organization that has a clear and followed fitness and wellness culture.
As we discussed john and his issues, both personal and professional, it became apparent to the Sheriff that John had become a liability to the department and to the citizens he swore to protect. Sadly John's inability to perform his job leaves the sheriff's office open to all sorts of legal issues not to mention the associated health care costs of keeping John on the payroll and on the street. We even discussed pulling john off the street into a different roll but in such a small department that was not an option and still does not solve the problem. As a dear friend of mine who has been in the public safety arena for the better part of 20 years once told me, "My job is to solve problems and ensure that the people in my community are safe. I should never be the problem."