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Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness

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NIJ Conference 2012 Closing Plenary
Wednesday June 20, 2012

Each year, 100-200 law enforcement officers die in the line of duty. Last year, 177 lost their lives — a 16-percent increase from 2010. As Attorney General Eric Holder noted, this is a devastating and unacceptable trend. NIJ has developed a robust research portfolio to improve officer safety and wellness and, ultimately, save lives. This panel discussed some of NIJ’s most promising work to reduce shooting and traffic-related fatalities — consistently the leading causes of officer line-of-duty deaths — and improve officer wellness, which is inextricably linked with officer safety.

  • John H. Laub, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Justice
  • Chief Walter McNeil, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Karen Amendola, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Police Foundation
  • John Violanti, Ph.D., Research Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Carrick Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • Bryan Vila, Ph.D., Professor, Washington State University

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Segment Title Video File
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Audio File
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Introductory Remarks mp4, 28 MB mp3, 1 MB
Chief Walter McNeil: Protecting our Protectors: Using Science to Improve Officer Safety and Wellness mp4, 170 MB mp3, 8 MB
Karen Amendola: The Impact of Shift Length: An Experimental Study mp4, 262 MB mp3, 12 MB
John Violanti: Suicide: The Enemy Within mp4, 361 MB mp3, 17 MB
Carrick Williams: Officer Safety: The Cognitive Impact of Communications on Patrol mp4, 219 MB mp3, 10 MB
Bryan Vila: Measuring What Matters: To Enhance Justice, Improve Safety and Reduce Costs mp4, 323 MB mp3, 15 MB
Q&A: What mental health screening tools are available? mp4, 68 MB mp3, 3 MB
Q&A: Are you doing any work with the military to address shared issues? mp4, 75 MB mp3, 3 MB
Q&A: What are the challenges to safety for minority officers? mp4, 93 MB mp3, 4 MB
Q&A: Are researchers coordinating with each other? mp4, 22 MB mp3, 1 MB
Q&A: What can we do about shorter staff and longer shifts? mp4, 66 MB mp3, 3 MB
Q&A: How can we improve the accuracy of lifesaving information? mp4, 40 MB mp3, 1 MB

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