Using Science to Improve Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness
Each year, 100-200 law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Last year, 177 lost their lives — a 16-percent increase from 2010. NIJ has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives.
This panel discussed some of NIJ’s most promising work to reduce shooting and traffic-related fatalities — consistently the leading causes of officer line-of-duty deaths — and improve officer wellness, which is inextricably linked with officer safety.
- John H. Laub, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Justice
- Chief Walter McNeil, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Karen Amendola, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation
- John Violanti, Ph.D., Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of NY
- Carrick Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
- Bryan Vila, Ph.D., Professor, Washington State University
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Introductory Remarks 1:31
Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness 9:06
The Impact of Shift Length: An Experimental Study 13:59
Suicide: The Enemy Within 19:15
Officer Safety: The Cognitive Impact of Communications on Patrol 11:42
Measuring What Matters: Enhance Justice, Improve Safety and Reduce Costs 17:13
Q&A: What mental health screening tools are available? 3:39
Q&A: Are you doing any work with the military to address shared issues? 4:02
Q&A: What are the challenges to safety for minority officers? 4:59
Q&A: Are researchers coordinating with each other? 1:11
Q&A: What can we do about shorter staff and longer shifts? 3:31
Q&A: How can we improve the accuracy of lifesaving information? 2:09
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