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Special Feature: Law Enforcement Resources - Health, Safety, and Survival


Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Annual Report

Preventing Line of Duty Deaths: A Chief's Duty
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, 2014

Our Goal Should Be No Officers Lost to Suicide
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, November 2014

Biodetection Technologies for First Responders
U.S. Department of Homeland Security-sponsored, March 2014

The Importance of Tracking Injuries
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013

Reducing Officer Injuries Study: Infographic
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013

Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013

Reducing Officer Injuries: Executive Summary
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013

Reducing Officer Injuries Final Report: A Summary of Data Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-Agency Injury Tracking Study
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative
Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2013

Officer Safety Initiatives
Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2013

Workplace Violence Against Government Employees, 1994-2011
Bureau of Justice Statistics, April 2013

Beyond the Statistics: Law Enforcement Officer Fatality Rates in 2012 - Interview with Kristen Mahoney and James Burch
Federal News Radio, January 2013

OSW Group Annual Summary: Issues and Recommendations for Improving the Wellbeing of Police Officers
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2012

Safety and Health Information and Education for Law Enforcement Departments: Annotated Bibliography
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-Sponsored, July 2012

Slow Down, Move Over - Public Service Announcement
National Institute of Justice- and United States Fire Administration-Sponsored, July 2012

Sleep Disorders, Work Shifts and Officer Wellness
National Institute of Justice, June 2012

Impact of Shift Length in Policing on Performance, Health, Quality of Life, Sleep, Fatigue, and Extra-Duty Employment
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, January 2012

Shifts, Extended Work Hours, and Fatigue: An Assessment of Health and Personal Risks for Police Officers
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2012

Keeping Police Officers Safe on the Road - Interview with John E. Shanks
National Institute of Justice, June 2011

Evaluation of Reflective Vest Options
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, April 2011

Minimizing the Risks of Hazardous Materials: The CBRN Standard
National Institute of Justice, March 2011

Officer Safety and Wellness: An Overview of the Issues
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2011

Keeping Officers Safe on the Road
National Institute of Justice, April 2010

Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety in the Emergency Services
International Association of Fire Fighters, 2010

Sleep Deprivation: What Does It Mean for Public Safety Officers?
National Institute of Justice, March 2009

Duty of Care
Federal Bureau of Investigation, January 2009

Ergonomic Load Bearing Systems
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2009

Protecting Law Enforcement from Today’s Hazards
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, 2009

Less Lethal Weapon Effectiveness, Use of Force, and Suspect Officer Injuries: A Five-Year Analysis
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2008

Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide: A Compilation of Resource and Best Practices (CD-ROM)
Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008

Emergency Responder Chemical and Biological Equipment Guides and Database (CD-ROM)
National Institute of Justice, June 2003

Stomp Out Stress
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2003

Law Enforcement and Corrections Family Support: Development and Evaluation of a Stress Management Program for Officers and Their Spouses, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, November 2002

Stress in Policing
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2002

Tired Cops: The Prevalence and Potential Consequences of Police Fatigue
National Institute of Justice, 2002

Assessment of the Law Enforcement Family Support Grant: Vermont State Police
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, July 2001

Policing and Homicide, 1976-98: Justifiable Homicide of Felons by Police and Murder of Police by Felons
Bureau of Justice Statistics, March 2001

Final Grant Report of the Law Enforcement Assistance and Development Program: Reduction of Familial and Organizational Stress in Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2001

Evaluating the Effects of Fatigue on Police Patrol Officers: Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2000

Developing a Law Enforcement Stress Program for Officers and Their Families
National Institute of Justice, December 1996

For materials related to body armor/personal protective equipment, see the Equipment and Technology page of this Special Feature.

Related Resources

Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)/Body Armor Safety Initiative (BASI)
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the BVP Program is designed to provide bulletproof vests to state and local law enforcement. The BASI, administered by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), addresses the reliability of body armor used by law enforcement personnel and examines the future of bullet-resistant technology and testing.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Contained on the NIJ Web site is research on and publications about a variety of topics related to officer safety, including Body Armor, Standards and Testing, and Officer Work Hours, Stress and Fatigue.

It is imperative that officers understand how to select body armor that not only provides maximum protection, but also meets the standards set forth by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). PoliceArmor.org, a Web site sponsored by NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), serves as a single point of access for technical information, NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program and Compliant Product List, and guidelines for proper fit and care of body armor.

Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs
PSOB Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
NLECTC, a component of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology, offers support, research findings, and technological expertise to help state and local law enforcement and corrections personnel perform their duties more safely and efficiently.

National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group
The OSW Group will contribute to the improvement of officer safety and wellness in the U.S. by convening a forum for thoughtful, proactive discussion and debate around relevant programs and policies within the law enforcement field. The OSW Group hopes to encourage the adoption of cultures of safety and wellness among the nation's law enforcement agencies. Information and insight gained and shared will help to enhance programs, policies, and initiatives related to officer safety and wellness.

Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES)
OLES helps law enforcement, corrections, and criminal justice agencies ensure that the equipment they purchase and the technologies they use are safe, dependable, and effective.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Biodetection Technology Resource
This Web site summarizes current activities related to biodetection for first responder and homeland security missions, and includes a biodetection product guide, test reports, and links to upcoming first responder-related events.

VALOR: Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability
VALOR is designed to prevent violence against law enforcement officers and ensure officer resilience and survivability following violent encounters during the course of their duties.

For additional publications and related information, see the Law Enforcement: Protective Equipment or the Law Enforcement: Personnel sections of our site.

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