Jeffrey Rojek, Julie Grieco, Brett Meade, and Danielle Parsons
The modern law enforcement officer is tasked with providing effective police services, achieving mission goals, reducing crime, developing lasting community relationships, and maintaining safe environments. To function effectively, officers must possess specialized skill sets to cope with the demands and pressures of the profession. Agencies are responsible for providing relevant and current training to assist officers in developing these specialized skills and to meet department needs and community expectations. It is important to understand the perceived and actual threats officers are facing in the communities they serve, to identify officer safety training needs, and to acknowledge challenges facing law enforcement agencies. A strategic vision to address these challenges must be a law enforcement executive’s priority. In 2017, the National Policing Institute was tasked by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), under the BJA VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative with conducting a comprehensive survey of law enforcement executive perception of threats and training challenges experienced by police agencies throughout the United States. The effort provides data from which executives can make more informed evidence-based decisions. A survey was developed and sent to a stratified random sample of 1,514 state and local law enforcement agencies, which represents approximately 10% of the law enforcement agencies in the United States. A total of 652 law enforcement executives (43% response rate), or their designee, completed and returned the survey. The response to the survey captured diversity in agency size, region, and type. While not a fully representative sample, these responses provide an interesting snapshot of what agencies are currently experiencing and expecting regarding officer safety and wellness. The goal of this Executive Summary is to present notable findings from the survey, provide an analysis of the notable findings, and offer considerations for law enforcement executives to increase officer safety and resilience, and strengthen officer wellness within their departments. More in-depth information is provided within the full report, and you can view the E-report here.
Rojek, J., Grieco, J., Meade, B., Parsons, D. (2020). National survey on officer safety training: Findings and implications [Brief]. National Policing Institute. https://www.policinginstitute.org/publication/national-survey-on-officer-training-executive-brief/
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