Promoting Positive Coping Strategies in Law Enforcement: Emerging Issues and Recommendations [open pdf - 807KB]
From the Document: "Since 2011, the OSW [Officer Safety and Wellness] Group has discussed these critical officer safety and wellness issues at regular meetings and produced a number of resources that encourage law enforcement agencies nationwide to adopt a culture that recognizes and elevates the value of officer safety and wellness. BJA [Bureau of Justice Assistance] and the COPS [Community Oriented Policing Services] Office continue to strive to provide agencies with all the tools necessary to respond effectively to the most persistent and prevalent safety and wellness challenges facing law enforcement officers today. Given the continued trend of suicide among law enforcement and the resulting need to facilitate the growth of resilient officers and organizations, the OSW Group convened in July 2019 to continue its discussion of officer mental health and safety. This document serves as an official summary of that meeting and seeks to provide readers with critical information, promising practices, and recommendations from law enforcement leaders and SMEs [subject matter experts] from across the nation. When first responders have the tools and support they need to take care of themselves and manage the stress and trauma of their jobs, the benefits have far-reaching positive effects on their personal and professional lives as well as the lives of those they serve and protect."
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: https://cops.usdoj.gov/
Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary, July 2019