Category Archives: Officer Safety & Wellness

The Unspoken Role of a Police Chief’s Spouse

The lifestyle and culture of law enforcement affects more than just the officers.  Spouses, partners, parents, children, and companions of law enforcement officers play an integral role in an officer’s health and wellness. The IACP’s Law Enforcement Families blog series … Continue reading

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The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club 2016 Update

The IACP/DuPont™ KEVLAR® Survivors’ Club® supports the overarching vision of the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness. The Survivors’ Club strives to recognize and honor those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling … Continue reading

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Statement from IACP President Donald W. De Lucca on Recent Line of Duty Deaths

The month of November has been filled with tragedy for the law enforcement community in the United States. This past Sunday, we experienced yet another line of duty death, bringing this month’s count to ten fatalities. Nine of those ten … Continue reading

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New Report on Officer Wellness: What it Means for Your Agency

Guest Blogger: Laura Usher, Manager, Criminal Justice and Advocacy, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Arlington, Virginia This week, the COPS Office and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a major report on officer mental health after mass … Continue reading

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A Personal Account: Mental Health Awareness, Peer Support, and Vicarious Traumatization

Guest blogger: Sergeant Christopher J.A. Scallon, MS, Norfolk, Virginia, Police Department Law enforcement has found itself adrift within the “perfect storm” of public mistrust, increasingly violent encounters, and the one-dimensional social media soapbox. The struggle to maintain our bearing, for … Continue reading

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2016 National Police Week: We’re Getting Too Good At These

Guest Blogger: Colonel Steve Flaherty, Virginia State Police We’re getting too good at these. That was my response on the evening of March 31, 2016, to reporters asking how difficult it was as a law enforcement leader to accept the loss … Continue reading

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Vests: Protecting Law Enforcement’s Loyal Partners

K-9 units have become an integral part of modern police departments and they provide an invaluable service in keeping both police officers and the public safe. The unique role of police K-9’s puts them in very dangerous environments where they … Continue reading

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Ballistic Body Armor Saves Pilot

… by not wearing it? On June 5th at approximately 1730 hours, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter sustained damage from small arms fire while on patrol in a drug interdiction mission on the border of Texas and Mexico. … Continue reading

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FBI Releases 2014 Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Guest Blogger: Chief Kent Barker, Tualatin (OR) Police Department; IACP Vice President At Large; and Chair of the IACP SafeShield Committee This week is National Police Week, a time to remember the men and women who lost their lives in … Continue reading

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2014 Line-of-Duty Officer Deaths: An Overview

In 2014, line-of-duty deaths among law enforcement officers in the United States increased from 2013 figures but remained notably lower than the previous ten-year average. There were 126 line-of-duty deaths to state, local, tribal, or federal law enforcement officers. Of … Continue reading

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