Policies Impacting Officer Wellness


Monday, February 26, 2024
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This 90-minute presentation will disclose the challenges of how law enforcement workplace policies impact officer wellness. The attendee will walk away with a definition of officer wellness. Also, the attendee will be introduced to policy evolution and relate how officer wellness affects them. Finally, evolving strategies will be disclosed to improve overall wellness dealing with policies.


Paul Chavez, PhD
Deputy Probation Officer II/Training Manager, Los Angeles County Probation

In a career spanning many years, Paul C., an accomplished instructional professional, has held positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Paul currently serves as Residential Treatment Services and Detention Services Bureau Training Manager for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Here, he oversees a large-scale training program that has met all organizational expectations. Previously, Paul held many teaching positions, including those at Westcliff University, California Miramar University, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Currently Besides his public service, Dr. Chavez is associate faculty with Woodbury University consulting for the public safety department, along with National University as an faculty member for the College of Law and Public Service. Paul obtained his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, a Master of Public Administration from American Public University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He also has many important certifications.

Amanda Marie Mendez, EdD
Deputy Probation Officer II, Los Angeles County Probation

My name is Dr. Amanda Mendez, I have been with the Los Angeles County Probation department for ten years. I am a Deputy Probation Officer II and currently assigned to the Probation training facility. I am a member of the departments Honor guard team as well as a team member of Probations Baker 2 Vegas team. I have co-created a wellness course for the Probation department and I am a part of the departments peer support coalition. I have received my Bachelors in Sociology, Masters in Counseling and Rehabilitation from California State University Los Angeles. I recently received my Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, also from CSULA with my dissertation focusing on Officer Wellness, my dissertation was designed to provide answers to help improve the overall mental and physical wellness of officers who are employed by Los Angeles Probation department.