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

Publications and Multimedia

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Annual Report
Confronting Officer Suicide blog graphic
Office of Justice Programs, October 2018
Backing the Blue blog graphic
Office of Justice Programs, May 2018
The Signs Within: Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, March 2018
Fitness Program Development Considerations
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, January 2018
Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
Office of National Drug Control Policy, October 2017
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, September 2017
How To Encourage a Culture of Officer Safety video graphic
National Institute of Justice, July 2017
Preventing Officer Fatalities by Better Understanding Specific Incidents
National Institute of Justice, July 2017
Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary, October 2016: Improving Law Enforcement Resilience - Lessons and Recommendations
Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, June 2017
Effective Blue Alert Plans: Guidance and Recommendations
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, May 2017
How to Best Protect Your Force Against Officer Suicide video graphic
National Institute of Justice, May 2017
Improving Officer Safety in Interactions With Citizens Suffering From Mental Illness video graphic
National Institute of Justice, May 2017
National Blue Alert Network
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, May 2017
Understanding the Effects of Fatigue on Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice, May 2017
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2017
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative
Bureau of Justice Assistance, March 2017
Defusing Difficult Encounters
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, March 2017
Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan - 2016-2021
National Institute of Justice, August 2016
Deadly Calls and Fatal Encounters
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services-Sponsored, July 2016
Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group Meeting Summary: Officer Safety and Wellness Forum, March 14, 2016
Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, July 2016
Preparing for the Unimaginable: How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, May 2016
Supporting Officer Wellness Within a Changing Policing Environment: What Research Tells Us
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2016
Understanding Firearms Assaults against Law Enforcement Officers in the United States
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, March 2016
Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks Against Law Enforcement
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, October 2015
Health, Safety, and Wellness Program Case Studies in Law Enforcement
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, October 2015
Officer Safety Initiatives
Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2015
Our Goal Should Be No Officers Lost to Suicide
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, November 2014
IACP National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health: Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2014
Making Officer Safety and Wellness Priority One: A Guide to Educational Campaigns
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2014
Preventing Line of Duty Deaths: A Chief's Duty
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, 2014
Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 2013
The Importance of Tracking 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
Reducing Officer Injuries Study: Infographic
Bureau of Justice Assistance-Sponsored, October 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 video graphic
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 video graphic
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

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.
Community Policing Topics: Officer Safety and Wellness
This section of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) website provides access to COPS resources that focus on the physical safety and mental wellness of law enforcement personnel.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit
Developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit is now available in this online interactive format to help promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.
Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Near Miss
Created by the Police Foundation with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the LEO Near Miss site provides law enforcement officers with a means to share "close calls" in order to help their peers stay safe and prevent tragedies.
National Blue Alert Network
The National Blue Alert Network supports the integration of Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to rapidly disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public to aid in the apprehension of violent criminals who pose an imminent threat to law enforcement and others.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Contained on the NIJ website 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.
Nationwide Officer Safety Event Deconfliction
With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this site was launched to expand officer safety event deconfliction coverage nationwide.
PoliceArmor.org
Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this website provides access to 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.
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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