• CMPS Staff

How Would an Ethical Officer React?

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

…Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, the class’s defensive-­tactics instructor, talked to the recruits about how their bodies might respond to stressful situations.

“When stress and adrenaline hit, we get tunnel vision, where our scope of vision narrows, and we get auditory exclusion, where we don’t hear as well,” he explained.

He worked with them on deep breathing, yoga and other techniques for tuning into their environment.

“From Day 1, I asked them to notice all the subtle things, like people’s energies and their body language,” Merkel said, including “observing sounds — not just hearing them but observing what things sound like — and what you smell.”

Click here to read the full article by Sonia Smith and Jerome Sessini in the New York Times.