healthy Officers are Safer Officers: The Nexus Between Performance and Health

09/18/2012 - 2:00pm
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Last year, 177 police officers lost their lives in the line of duty and 143 committed suicide. These deaths are devastating and unacceptable. The National Institute of Justice has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. The experts on this panel will discuss some of the evidence-based practices and policies that law enforcement agencies can put into operation to reduce officer deaths and improve wellness and performance. Ample time will be allotted to take questions from the audience.Moderator: Brett Chapman, PhD, NIJ Social Science Analyst.Panelists:

  • Bryan Vila, Professor, Washington State University, will discuss his work on officer fatigue.
  • Karen Amendola, Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation, will discuss advantages and disadvantages of 8-, 10- and 12-hour shifts.
  • John Violanti, Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, will discuss the long-term impact of police work, including suicide.
  • Theron Bowman, Chief of Police, Arlington, Texas, will comment on how police leaders can incorporate these research findings into their management and day-to-day work.
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