Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

community oriented policing servicesCreating spaces for discussion about officer safety and wellness (OSW) is critical for improving the well-being of officers, agencies, families, and the public. The OSW Group, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has hosted meetings that facilitated the sharing of ideas and the generation of new ones about these issues. This report from the April 2018 OSW meeting discusses how a broad range of law enforcement community members came to the table to discuss ways to eliminate persisting factors leading to line-of-duty-deaths; ways to improve access to mental health services and prevent tragedies such as suicide; and the implementation of emerging, innovative ideas for supporting the holistic health and wellness of officers and agencies across the country.