In June of 2016, through the City Manager’s Office, Mayor Kirsten Keith (then Vice Mayor) and Chief Bob Jonsen met to discuss the value of Mindfulness training for law enforcement in light of recent national discussions in regards to the disconnect of the relationship between law enforcement and the public. Mayor Keith completed the “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Program” last year and then broached the topic of mindfulness training with Chief Jonsen. Weeks following their discussion, Chief Jonsen followed up with the Mayor’s suggestions and met with law enforcement professionals regarding mindfulness training for police agencies.
While mindfulness training is fairly new to law enforcement, its value is quickly being realized and has been attended by officers from other local jurisdictions. Numerous agencies from Oregon have also participated in the training since it is offered on a regular basis in that state.