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NCJ Number: 250944 Find in a Library
Title: Video: How To Encourage a Culture of Officer Safety
Author(s): Jeff Rojek; Hank Stawinski
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|Video
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Interview; Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this 4-minute video, Jeff Rojek, Associate Director for the Center for Law and Behavior at the University of Texas, explains what research shows about why law enforcement officers are more or less likely to use seat belts; and Hank Stawinski, Chief of Police of the Prince George’s County Police Department (Maryland), discusses how law enforcement agencies can reinforce a culture of officer safety by using subtle messages.
Abstract: Rojek emphasizes that training, clear policy, policy repetition, consistent accountability for failure to follow the seat-belt requirement, and the use of personal stories about how compliance with agency safety policies has prevented an officer’s serious injury or death can impress on officers the importance of buckling seat belts when they are in a vehicle. Chief Stawinski suggests that a culture of safety can be created in a law enforcement agency by a continual review of statistics related to the risks officers face and the proven safety measures that can reduce those risks. Patrol car radio broadcasts with brief safety messages and advice provide conditioning and reminders for police while on active duty. Dispatchers can include safety messages tailored to the nature of a particular call for service. Overall, a culture of safety is built through training, constant reminders of safety measures, and consistent accountability when officers fail to comply with mandated agency safety procedures.
Main Term(s): Police safety
Index Term(s): NIJ Resources; Occupational safety and health; Police driver training; Police subculture; Police training programs; Police vehicular accidents; Seatbelt use
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