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NCJ Number: 250942 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Officer Fatalities by Better Understanding Specific Incidents
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Instructional Material; Program/Project Description; Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is the summary of a pilot program sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that identifies risk factors for fatal officer motor vehicle-related events and the development of recommendations for preventing future officer fatalities and injuries.
Abstract: The launching of this program was spurred by data that show more law enforcement officers died in line-of-duty traffic accidents rather than felonious assaults with firearms during the period between 2006 and 2015. The pilot program described is the result of cooperation between NIJ and the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control‘s) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The pilot program features an investigative team that analyzes both new incidents and incidents from the past year that involved officer fatalities in the context of line-of-duty motor-vehicle operations. The investigative team analyzes the event to determine the factors involved and whether changes are needed in policies and procedures to lessen the risk for a recurrence. Lessons learned and remedial policies will be reported not only to the agency involved but also to the broader law enforcement community. In the pilot program, the investigative reports circulated do not name the deceased officer, the law enforcement agency involved, or the names of those interviewed. 3 notes
Main Term(s): Police safety
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Change management; NIJ Resources; Occupational safety and health; Police vehicular accidents
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