Dallas Police Make Brain Health a Top Priority

Dallas cops learn to ‘think smarter, not harder’ using meditation, mindfulness

(NAHEED RAJWANI, DALLAS MORNING NEWS) Several times a day, Assistant Dallas Police Chief Tammie Hughes gives herself a five-minute “brain break” at work: no phone, no computer, no meetings.

“All day, we’re on our computer, telephone, TV,” she said. “When you shut everything off … you’re better prepared to handle whatever task you have.”

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Hughes has worked at the Police Department since the 1980s, but the brain breaks are a recent addition to her routine. She picked up the strategy earlier this year through Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training — known as SMART — offered by UT Dallas’ Center for Brain Health.

Philanthropist Lyda Hill donated an undisclosed sum to the center after five police officers were killed in downtown Dallas last summer. Nearly 150 Dallas police officers will go through the SMART program by the end of next year thanks to Hill’s donation, which is also funding “mindfulness training” for 350 officers to help manage their reactions to stressful scenarios.  READ THE FULL STORY AT DALLASNEWS.COM