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  NCJ Number: NCJ 245196     Find in a Library
  Title: Reducing Officer Injuries Study Fact Sheet
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
  Date Published: 10/2013
  Page Count: 2
  Annotation: This fact sheet highlights findings pertinent to injury trends and officer safety considerations.
  Abstract: During the year of data collection, a total of 1,295 injuries were reported. Reported injuries resulted in 5,938 days missed, with an average of 4.5 days missed per incident and an average rehabilitation period of 3.5 days. Based on a 10-hour work day, this total represents 59,380 hours of work time lost. Using a national average annual entry-level salary of $40,000, the approximate total cost for hours lost from injuries in this study was $1,211,352. Factoring in the added costs of overtime to cover assignments for injured officers, an estimated $1,817,028 was also incurred by the participating agencies. When these two figures are combined, excluding the extra costs of medical care, the estimated total added costs exceed $3,000,000. Additionally, the injury data collection focused on an array of other information, including specific injury type, characteristics of the injured officer, involvement of a suspect in the injury incident, training received, officer fitness attributes, and body weight. Additional information on vehicular crashes and the use of body armor was also obtained during the data collection to further inform the research effort.
  Main Term(s): Police statistics
  Index Term(s): Police safety ; Police training ; Law enforcement costs ; Police safety techniques ; Injury investigations
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2012-DB-BX-K023
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Factsheet
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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