Law Enforcement Film Series - Ethics & Emotions                                   
   The New Film Series for Getting Officers Engaged in Discussions about Complex Ethical & Emotional Issues

The series is based on my original
short film Copper Penny, and the response from trainers has been very positive. While most departments restrict public endorsements by active-duty law enforcement personnel, here are some comments that I have permission to share with you:

"Several of our instructors have used Copper Penny as a catalyst for discussion in their Law Enforcement Issues class. The film has proven to be a particularly engaging tool for exploring not only law enforcement suicide, but a variety of related ethical issues as well. It's an effective - and innovative - tool for instruction."

- Dr. Patricia A. Robinson
Executive Dean - Public Safety, Fox Valley Technical College


"At just under six minutes in length, it's surprising how richly veined Copper Penny is with possibilities for creative police trainers looking to broach some of the most difficult - and too often ignored - topics facing law enforcement today. Touching on issues of loneliness, depression and police suicide, the stresses of the job on relationships and the souls of the men and women who devote their lives to being societies protectors, personal and professional ethics and how they drive our countless street-level decisions, and their myriad and mostly hidden consequences, Copper Penny is a brilliant platform from which to initiate discussion and change. We admire creative thinkers and the innovative possibilities they bring to police training, and we're excited Jay has taken on this project. We can't wait to see where he takes it from here."

- Mike Wasilewski and Althea Olson
LE Trainers, writers, and founders of


"Copper Penny is a ride through raw cop reality. It's got some great jaw-dropping plot twists and characters that you care about, but it's the film's training potential to dynamically engage officers in real police dilemma decision-making that has me so excited as a trainer.. I can't wait for the rest of the series."

- Val Van Brocklin
Law Enforcement Trainer, former state and federal prosecutor


"I was really impressed with how effective Copper Penny was in dealing with really tough subjects like stress and law enforcement officer suicide in a very short production.. I'm excited about the new series."

- John Marx
Editor in Chief,


"Copper Penny's ability to produce an open and engaging dialogue not only initiates what is referred to in the Below 100 Initiative as the "courageous conversation," but it will assist law enforcement population in better understanding their occupational risks, while introducing a foundation for healing to begin."

- Dr. Olivia Johnson
Founder -


"Copper Penny is an excellent resource material for helping people, especially police officers, realize the vast amount of PTSD and depression that officers suffer in their everyday lives and in their careers. Left untreated, the film sadly reveals the tragic consequences of this illness. The rate of police suicide in this country and others is almost twice the general population and needs to be addressed immediately. This film, in it's own unique way, demonstrated how even among officers, it is a "taboo" topic that officers don't want to expose themselves to, nor do they want to reach out to a fellow officer when they need them the most. So often these tragedies could be avoided if officers could learn to say the word "help" or if fellow officers had the courage to reach out to their brothers and sisters when they show signs and symptoms of depression to make sure they are safe and taken care of. Director Jay Pulk does an excellent job of bringing this all together in a very short film that could be used to teach cadets, or used in roll call training with licensed officers, to bring attention to this serious problem. I commend you Jay and ask only that you continue the good work you have done here."

- Sgt. Christian Dobratz (Ret.)
Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement
Minnesota State University Mankato


"The film 'Copper Penny' by Director Jay Pulk takes a poignant look at the personal lives and issues that plague law enforcement personnel all over the country - especially in high-stress work environments. As a retired police trainer and investigator, I understand first-hand the stresses and physical/mental hardships law enforcement personnel contend with on a daily basis. More often than not, the general public are unaware that cops can easily suffer from the same post-traumatic stress disorders as combat soldiers, only on a different field of battle...with the stakes, often, just as high. Cops are people, too - and on occasion, these stress can lead to depression, addiction, family conflict, and other self-destructive behavior unless recognized and treated early. "Copper Penny' looks at just one of many possible scenarios that could unfold for a good cop, who just needed someone to talk to. Films such as these are tremendous educational and awareness tools for training and supervisory personnel.

- Mr. John 'JJ' George
Ret. Police/Tactical Trainer & Investigator


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The Project at a Glance

This new series of short films is
aimed at helping law enforcement trainers to spark discussions among officers about how to deal with stressors before encountering them in the field, and to explore practical approaches to ethical dilemmas and tough emotional situations that are unique to the profession. Each of the first three films will be six to eight minutes long, and will tell stories about law enforcement officers dealing with isolation, unintended consequences of actions, peer pressure, and police suicide, with additional topics to be added as the series continues.

Details about the project..

Law Enforcement Trainer Input

If you are a law enforcement trainer or official, I'd like your input about specific topics that you would like to have addressed in upcoming episodes, as well as other comments or suggestions that you might have for the series. I'm planning a total of twelve episodes in this series, and I want to cover the areas that you feel are most important. Please email me using the contact page.

                                                         Thank You!
                                                             Jay Pulk

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