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Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Alex Conover

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Alumnus and adjunct professor publishes police counseling book

MINNEAPOLIS — Dennis Conroy, an alumnus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, recently published a new book he co-authored with Christine Hess Orthmann, titled Surviving a Law Enforcement Career: A Guide for Cops and Those Who Love Them (2014). Conroy, a 40-year law enforcement officer and a licensed psychologist, received a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s in 1982 and is an associate professor at his alma mater.

Intended as a guide for police officers and their families, Surviving a Law Enforcement Career addresses the decision to enter law enforcement, the initiation into the career, the life in a police family, the day-to-day stresses, and more. Having served the Saint Paul Police Department for numerous years in several roles and as a counselor for officers, Conroy is familiar with the risks inherent to the occupation.

“This book is for cops, anybody who’s thinking about being a cop, and family members of cops so that they understand,” Conroy said. “One of the sections in the book is about what it’s like to grow up in a police family. I think anybody who wants to work with cops, as a clinician, really needs to understand that culture because it’s so much a part of who they are.”

The book has already received praise. Minneapolis Police Chief and Saint Mary’s alumna Janeé Harteau ’03, M’06 says the book “provides valuable insight into the emotional stress and trauma that police officers experience.”

Conroy will be the featured presenter at an upcoming event for police officers, titled “The Traumas of Law Enforcement,” on Feb. 24-26 at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus at 2500 Park Ave., Minneapolis.

Conroy also co-authored a previous book, Officers at Risk (1992), and has published several journal articles and technical manuals focusing on police stress and responses.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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