When it comes to public safety, officer health is paramount. Can a given officer perform job-related duties without risk to themselves, their coworkers, or the public? This question is something all chiefs must consider, and it forms the basis for Sunday afternoon’s workshop briefing on workplace health for law enforcement executives.
Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, explained that the workshop was designed to enable chiefs to increase their knowledge about conditions officers may experience and the role these conditions might have on officers’ general health and job functions.
Guidelines for assessing the health and wellness of officers must be in place so physicians—regardless of their geographic location or affiliation with hospitals or universities—can give consistent assessments to chiefs. As Daniel G. Samo, MD, FACOEM, explained, there needs to be a standardization of decision making so those affected know what to expect.
Clinical case studies were presented by the IACP Physicians Section and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Task Group on Medical Guidance for Law Enforcement Officers. Various officer health and safety issues under review by the groups include pregnancy, prosthetics, and substance abuse.
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