Published on January 29th, 2021 | by University Communications


Saint Leo, F1RST presenting ‘Strengthening the Force’ series for first responders

Saint Leo University and Florida’s Forensics Institute for Research Security & Tactics (F1RST) will present a free webinar series for first responders, targeting skills to improve their well-being.  This four-part series of 8-hour sessions will improve responders’ mental and physical health as well as on-the-job effectiveness.

The Strengthening the Force: Service, Support, and Security Series is being presented by the Jacksonville Education Center in order to assist first responders and possibly enroll them in the university’s degree programs. The series will be available via Zoom and broadcast online so that all Saint Leo locations may participate.

The sessions are:

  • Unconscious Bias Training, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, February 23

Register at: Session 1.

  • De-escalation for First Responders, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, March 23

Register at: Session 2.

  • Resiliency for First Responders, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, April 13

Register at Session 3.

  • Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 11

Register at: Session 4.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The presenter for this series is Dr. Chris Cronin, professor of psychology. Cronin teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Saint Leo and provides continuing education workshops to mental health and law enforcement professionals. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has held academic positions in Europe, Australia, and the United States. He has practiced forensic psychology since 1991.

For more information, contact Nikki Heister, special programs manager, Department of Public Safety Administration, at or (352) 588-8487.


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