First Responders encounter traumatic and stressful situations on a regular basis, but one Valley Police Department is working to combat that. Detective Vicki Hixson says keeping law and order is stressful and that's why the Mesa Police Department has a wellness program to ensure officers are as healthy on the inside as they are on the outside. Hixson says training includes; mindfulness therapy, relaxation techniques, positive self-talk, breathing exercises, yoga, mediation, fitness and nutrition. Hixon believes having officers focus on mind, body and spirit is helping the community. "Officers are better able to respond from call to call and deal with community issues a lot more patiently" said Hixson. In addition to classes the Mesa Police Department offers a 24/7 Peer Support helpline.