Jon Carson
Constable Jon Carson, York Regional Police Service

“Doing this job, or being a part of the law enforcement community, you have the ability every day — and I know that this is going to sound corny, but — to make a difference.”

Const. Jon Carson is bringing mindful meditation to the York Regional Police. After spending four years in therapies after being diagnosed with PTSD in 2009, Carson’s wife also an officer gave him a magazine about mindfulness. On the cover? An officer, much like himself, speaking about meditation. The magazine marked a turning point in Carson’s life, and he began practicing mindfulness and meditation, first individually, before bringing it to the Police Service.

Today, Carson, a training and academic instructor, works with various officers with YRP, teaching them how to incorporate mindfulness into their everyday lives and policing. “If you’re able to ground yourself with breathing exercises, you come to respond more in difficult situations as opposed to reacting,” he says.

He adds that instilling the values of meditation into the police organization is also about starting a dialogue in the policing community. “I think it can create a lasting impact to change policing, and change humanity for that matter.”

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