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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Officer Safety and Wellness Group’s April 2018 meeting expanded on previous discussions of ways to support officers’ emotional health and organizational wellness. The meeting focused on line-of-duty deaths in felonious assaults as well as in accidents, mental health and suicide, and crisis hotlines and other programs.

The meeting summary report, Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations, includes research findings and recommendations for reducing line-of-duty deaths and addressing mental health issues.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Bureau of Justice Assistance formed the national Officer Safety and Wellness Group in 2011 to bring attention to the safety and wellness needs of law enforcement officers. The OSW Group regularly brings together law enforcement practitioners, researchers and subject matter experts to help amplify new and existing efforts to improve officer safety and wellness in the field.

To read the meeting summary report, click here.

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The Justice Technology Information Center is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. JTIC serves as an information resource for technology and equipment related to law enforcement, corrections and courts, and hosts the NIJ Compliance Testing Program, a voluntary equipment standards and testing program for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and other officer safety equipment, which conducts equipment testing, reviews and analyzes testing data and disseminates results.

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