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Patrol Tips: Chewing Gum Elevates Awareness

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Chewing gumMore than a few people that have heard this piece of advice have been skeptical, but there is verified science behind it. Study results suggest the act of chewing gum heightens awareness, relieves stress, stimulates reaction time, and increases concentration. This is win/win for those of us that do patrols, or have stationary watch locations, especially at night or during slow periods.

According to one study, Japanese scientists suggest that chewing gum also makes one’s reactions to changes in their surrounding environment 10% faster than they would normally be. Police officers, front line soldiers, and security professionals give plenty of personal anecdotal evidence to support the various scientific findings.

On a side note, if you have to deal with the public, chewing gum can help freshen your breath and prevent tooth decay (depending on the gum you chew).

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Written by Silver Sentinel

April 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

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