Bend Don't Break Podcast
"Communicate. Even when it's uncomfortable or uneasy. One of the best ways to heal, is to simply get everything out." –Unknown
The power of healing through story is precisely what Chief Dubord is striving for with the Bend Don't Break Podcast, listed as one of the Top Policing & Law Enforcement Podcasts.
First responders are on the front lines daily, keeping our communities safe and facing some of the most dangerous situations; it is no doubt that the mental health toll of the job is significant. In recent years, the first responder community has worked hard to reduce the stigma and increase awareness, fostering an overall culture of wellness.
In addition to exploring the depth of resilience and personal strength, this Podcast provides a platform for those who protect our communities 24x7 to share their stories about the stark realities of post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health, well-being, addictions, and family/relationship breakdown.
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The Cost of Confidentiality
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Grayson Hawkings and Joel Thirsk from the Delta Police Department as they speak about a critical incident that they were involved in.
A Story of Resilience and Perseverance: We Need to Protect the Protectors
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Todd Mason from the Victoria Police Department. In this episode, Chief Dubord speaks with Todd about two tragic incidents that changed his career and affected him deeply, impacting his physical and mental health profoundly.
'10-33 ' Officer Down: RCMP Sgt. Laurie White's Story of Being Shot in the Leg and Her Return to the Front Line
Less than three years into her career she was shot in the leg while executing a search warrant at the home of a sex offender. Laurie shares her incredible story of losing her leg, her physical and mental recovery and her heroic return to work
Skewed World View: How Policing Affects Your Perspective
Retired LAPD Chief Psychologist Dr. Kevin Jablonski discusses how, in 25 years with the LAPD, he observed policing distort and skew how police officers view their world - becoming increasingly negative.
The Unreasonable Ask: Supporting Police Officers Fighting the Emotional Toll of Their Jobs
Steve and Dave talks about how they put together a course for police officers to help face the stress and anxiety that come with their very challenging jobs.
A Journey into PTSD with Nathan Kapler
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Nathan Kapler of the Ten Thirty-Three podcast. Nathan went into his career in the RCMP as a positive, motivated and compassionate person.
(Part 2) Tragedy in Mayerthorpe Alberta: Supt. James Hardy’s Story of Investigating the Murder of 4 Mounties while Caring for his Team.
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined again by James Hardy who has been in policing for more than 4 decades, he was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police then over to the Calgary Police Service, and later developed a consulting career.
Maintaining Professionalism in the Face of Tragedy: Retired RCMP Supt. James Hardy Shares his Story of Leading Through Crisis
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by James Hardy who has been in policing for more than 4 decades, he was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police then over to the Calgary Police Service, and later developed a consulting career.
Story of Answering the Call for Help
Giselle discusses her drive for a life of service, the toll answering 9-1-1 calls took on her wellbeing and a traumatic incident that occurred outside of work where her life saving efforts to save a baby were unsuccessful.
Saying Goodbye to Policing
Chief Dubord and Jenny speak about how being injured on the job led to the end of her beloved 12 year career.
Physical, Mental and Emotional Impacts of Investigating Sex Crimes: RCMP Cst. Shelby Murphy Shares Her Story
In this episode, Shelby shares her story from her time in the RCMP’s Sex Crimes section investigating child sexual assaults and child pornography.
Aaron Courtney’s Story of Staying in the Fight
Chief Dubord speaks with Aaron about how his career and life were completely altered in 2019 after he was a victim of a serious on-duty pedestrian hit-and-run motor vehicle incident.
Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective
Dave shares key lessons he has learned as a Homicide Detective, impactful moments in his career that have changed his perspective on policing, and the coping strategies he leverages to protect his mental health.
Three RCMP Negotiators Share Their Stories
Mike Bloxham, Dave Fouche, and Dave Teboul are all experienced Crisis Negotiators here to talk about the critical incident that brought them all together.
Processing Trauma and Healing
This week, Chief Neil Dubord is joined by Mark Bouchard. Mark first joined the Delta Police Department in 2007 and worked on patrol from 2009-2014 and then served on their Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team from 2014-2019.
Coping with Indirect Trauma
Chris shares his experience assisting with the wildfire effort in 2011 in Slave Lake, AB, and how it impacted his mental health in the years that followed.
Standing Shoulder to Shoulder
RCMP Cpl. Deepak Prasad story about taking care for a community and fellow officers after a tragic event
Overcoming the Trauma of Investigating the Death of a Child
RCMP Cst. Glen Fenimore's story of resilience
Building Resilience Without Trauma
RCMP Sgt. Major Sebastien Lavoie's approach to leading through critical incidents
Aftermath of a Mass Shooting
Las Vegas Police Department Lt. Joshua Bitsko recounts the months and years after the tragedy
Massacre in Sin City
Last Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Joshua Bitsko' moment-by-moment account of the ....
Seeking Help: A Story of Compassion Fatigue
Abbotsford Police Cst. Mike Willford's story of compassion fatigue.
Reintegration: How Edmonton Police Service is Helping Police Officers After a Traumatic Event
Edmonton Police Service members, Colleen Mooney and Glen Klose,
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.
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.
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.