Guest Bloggers: Scott Brien, Project Manager, National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police, IACP; and Stephen Fender, Project Coordinator, National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police, IACP
The National Center for the Prevention of Violence Against the Police (National Center) rolled out its first publication, Preventing Line of Duty Deaths, A Chief’s Duty, at IACP 2011. The mission of the National Center is to prevent violence against the police, and the first publication is a checklist designed to target key areas that agencies can address to reduce officer injury and line of duty deaths.
There are several main themes that make up the content; these include policies, infrastructure, and systemic strategies. Within these categories, a number of important topics are introduced in order to guide police leaders to think critically about their officer safety efforts. Our goal with the rollout of this publication is to facilitate a proactive data-driven approach to policy creation, equipment use, and overall prevention efforts.
In addition to the print version we are distributing to members at IACP 2011, there is an online companion checklist that includes additional in-depth resources, statistics, and facts, and provides even more information for agencies as they target their approach to these critical areas. All of this information and more is available on the National Center website.
As this is the National Center’s first IACP conference, we are excited about the opportunity to inform the field about new ways they can prevent line of duty deaths and serious injuries. This checklist is a way to structure leadership’s efforts to accomplish this important goal.
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