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Resilience in Law Enforcement

Breakthrough your Fear & Adversity

Presented by: David Atkins (NYSP Retired)

  • Resilience in Law Enforcement
    Breakthrough your Fear & Adversity

    In this Keynote you will recognize the excuses we all tell ourselves of why we can’t achieve a certain goal, or attain that next promotion, or make the biggest impact in our career and life.

    This program is perfect for:
    • Chiefs and/or high ranking sworn members looking to lead their department with resilience and positivity in today’s times.
    • Sergeants and Lieutenants looking to make a positive impact on their day to day operations with both their personnel and general public.
    • Police Officers looking to remain positive, make an impact and have the mindset to lead by example each and everyday..

    The audience will leave with:
    • Empowerment that they can achieve big goals
    • Inspiration to take action immediately towards that next level
    • Having a vision that they can see and feel before they are even there
    • The positive mindset and attitude needed each day to succeed no matter what happens in life
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About David


I entered the New York State Police as a State Trooper in 1998 and rose through the ranks to Captain until retirement in 2020. I was promoted from State Trooper to Investigator. Then I was promoted to Sergeant and again promoted to Lieutenant and ultimately promoted to Captain. This is where I ran the entire County of Westchester, NY for the State Police. I had over 100 State Police employees between Troopers, Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Civilian employees, that I supervised along with an entire Dispatch Center that took over 400,000 911 calls a year. I even was the main Incident Commander for all law enforcement operations of the US Open for Golf at Winged Foot the Summer 2020.
Becoming a Leader to many and handling ADVERSITY became a daily occurrence in my 22 year career.
Earlier during my career on April 25, 2007 everything changed…. forever. My best friend who was also a State Trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty.
My MINDSET shifted to how precious life is and the importance of having a sense of URGENCY in life in all we do because it can all be taken away in an instance.
After recognizing the impact my best friend had on me, I realized the importance of adding value to others and making an impact on them.
Then in 2010 my wife Kristen and I started a direct selling business. The vast majority of people told us it wouldn’t work, you can’t succeed doing that, and were very negative early on as we stepped into the industry.
Through personal GROWTH, overcoming ADVERSITY, having a VISION, and a sense of URGENCY I became a million dollar earner within the company working part time. It was life changing for my wife and our 3 daughters but I learned how important a powerful MINDSET is needed to achieve this goal.
I have spoken to thousands of people all over the country with my biggest impact when I spoke at the NFL Super Dome to a crowd of 20,000 people.
I have been sharing my stories from childhood to present day and how the importance of VISION, MINDSET and URGENCY apply to them all.
Living a healthy and fulfilling life is a priority to me so I can be the best for others. So I begin my day everyday at 5am with meditation, reading my vision, gratitude, and exercise. When I’m not working I do what’s most important to me and that’s spending time with my wife and three daughters. Family is # 1 to me and everything I do is for them. I want to be successful not only in public but in private as well as a husband and father.