Arlington County (VA) Police Department to Embed Cognitive Performance Specialist



Arlington County (VA) Police Department to Embed Cognitive Performance Specialist 

Partners with O2X Human Performance to optimize health and wellness

Arlington County, VA – Beginning in June of 2023, Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) will expand their comprehensive wellness program to address career longevity and occupational performance. Along with frequent mental and physical performance-focused training, the program includes a full-time Cognitive Performance Specialist, embedded at the department, to help law enforcement officers optimize cognitive well-being. 

The program is being provided by O2X Human Performance, a Massachusetts based training and education company founded by former Navy SEALs. O2X works with thousands of first responders and has designed programs for federal, state, and local agencies nationwide. They provide state-of-the-art training and education aimed specifically at helping tactical athletes finish their careers as strong as they started.

“The Arlington County Police Department remains committed to the wellness of our officers and professional staff so they can continue to provide dedicated and professional police services to the community while also enjoying time away from work with their family and friends,” said Chief Andy Penn. “It’s essential for our personnel to have access to resources and programs that give them the tools and skills to be successful as individuals, leaders and teams. Policing is a fast-paced occupation and the demands placed on our personnel are significant and unrelenting. We have a top-tier police department and adding a Cognitive Performance Specialist to our overall wellness program will allow us to reinforce the operational, communication and wellness skills that our officers demonstrate everyday while also providing direct and daily access to an expert who can give them additional capacity and ability to not only succeed, but thrive at work and at home. We look forward to this expansion of our wellness program offerings through O2X to increase the personal and professional well-being and abilities of our personnel.”

As tactical athletes, law enforcement officers risk their lives daily to keep their communities safe. They endure physical and mental stress throughout their careers that can have acute and cumulative impacts to health. ACPD has taken an important step in mitigating these occupational hazards by partnering with O2X. Through this partnership, ACPD will launch the O2X Integrated Specialist Program (ISP) to lead the implementation and drive the impact of the O2X curriculum. The ISP places elite human performance professionals, who are experts in their fields, on-site at partnered organizations. Through this initiative, ACPD will receive access to O2X’s virtual resources, quarterly assessments and reporting, as well as a dedicated member of O2X’s Client Services team to assist with program implementation.

Leading the day to day operations of the ISP will be an O2X On-site Specialist (OSS) specializing in Cognitive Performance. OSS utilize their education and professional experience, as well as the greater resources of the entire O2X Human Performance network, to design and implement training programs that prepare tactical athletes for the rigors of their professions. These experts incorporate elements of conditioning, injury prevention, and nutrition, along with training in fatigue management, stress mitigation, and resilience into agency personnel.

“We’re excited to bring the O2X curriculum to Arlington County (VA),” said Paul McCullough, Co-founder at O2X Human Performance. “It’s important that the people on the front line of the Arlington County community keep physical and mental wellness as a part of their daily lives. Our hope is that O2X, in conjunction with ACPD, can play a role in keeping these first responders prepared to meet the demands of the job.”

About O2X Human Performance

O2X Human Performance provides comprehensive, science-backed programs to hundreds of public safety departments, federal agencies, and the military. O2X works with clients to elevate culture, improve mental and physical wellbeing, support healthy lifestyles, and reduce healthcare costs associated with injuries and illnesses. Driven by results and cutting edge research, O2X programs are designed and delivered by a team of Special Operations veterans, high level athletes, and hundreds of leading experts in their respective fields of human performance.

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