A former hostage negotiator from the United States is helping thousands of Victorian police officer learn how to tackle mental health issues.
Victoria's police officers should be paid to exercise while on duty to help maintain a healthy mind, a former hostage negotiator says.
About 2000 police were in Melbourne on Monday for an event hosted by behavioural scientist Dr Kevin Gilmartin, who is a former FBI instructor, hostage negotiator and US Marine.
"Cops should be paid to exercise on duty period ... it shouldn't even be debated," Dr Gilmartin told AAP on the sideline of his presentation.
"We know physical exercise reduces anxiety and depression better than psychotropic medications do."
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