Responder Resilience, April 26, 2023
Guest, Wendy S. Hummell, Retired Detective, Health and Wellness Manager, Podcast Host
Looking to enhance your well-being and job performance? Meet Wendy S. Hummell, a retired Detective, podcaster and Sheriff’s Office Wellness Coordinator who has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and resilience to First Responders for the past six years. Her mission is to support them with the resources needed to thrive in their career and beyond. Tune in to Responder Resilience to learn more about Wendy's story and expertise.
Wendy Hummell is a seasoned law enforcement officer with nearly 25 years of experience. She retired at the rank of Detective from the Wichita Police Department where she spent a majority of her career working Persons Crimes Investigations.
Wendy’s area of expertise is officer wellness, peer support, yoga, and resiliency. She currently works as the Health and Wellness Manager for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and has helped to implement a holistic wellness program at the agency. She is passionate about sharing the tools of peer support, mindfulness, yoga, and resiliency, as well as the importance of relationships, exercise, sleep, and nutrition to enhance well-being and job performance. Wendy speaks to these topics from the perspective of direct experience and through the lens of a law enforcement spouse. Wendy’s exposure to secondary trauma, high levels of toxic and chronic stress, and disrupted sleep wreaked havoc on her nervous system. After learning the tools that helped her recover, her purpose became clear: support first responders with the resources they need to not only survive a career on the front lines, but to thrive well into retirement.
Wendy holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a certified yoga instructor and Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) Ambassador. Wendy has several articles published with Police1 on topics of trauma, wellness, and female resiliency. She is the host of the Guns and Yoga Podcast, where she has interesting conversations with those working in the area of first responder wellness, and is a resilience health coach.