Dallas Police officers are receiving additional defensive training, not in the use of firearms or bullet proof vests, but how to better use what is perhaps their best defensive weapon – their brains.

The Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, and its Brain Performance Institute, are now collaborating to provide potentially critical training in tactical decision-making, real-time problem solving, and better managing their emotional response to stress. The program, initially offered to a select group of command staff and up to 500 officers over an 18-month period is not presented as a solution to PTSD but as a weapon against its potential arrival and a management tool for daily life at work and at home.

Pointing to his forehead Dallas Police Deputy Chief Jeff Cotner said, “this muscle up here needs to be exercised and exercising that muscle is legit.”

“Everybody takes their brain for granted, until something happens,” said Jennifer Zientz, head of Clinical Services at the Center for BrainHealth.

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Published on WFAA 8 February 23, 2017