Good mental and psychological health is just as essential as good physical health for law enforcement officers to be effective in keeping their communities safe from crime and violence. With the passage of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, Congress took an important step in improving the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services aimed at helping the nation’s more than 800,000 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers.
This report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services examines the mental health practices and services in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that can be adopted by other agencies. It also contains recommendations to Congress on the effectiveness of crisis lines for law enforcement officers, efficacy of annual mental health checks for law enforcement officers, and expansion of peer mentoring programs, as well as how to ensure privacy considerations for these types of programs.