PERF is hosting a five-webinar series focused on officer safety and wellness issues. The series stems from a study of officer safety and wellness that PERF conducted in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding from the National Institute of Justice. That project involved agency-level surveys on their programming for staff and officer-level surveys on mental and physical well-being. The webinars include a short presentation on research findings relevant to the webinar topic and then feature a panel of practitioners talking about their experiences with bringing health and wellness programming to their agencies.

Webinar 1: Fostering Holistic Health and Wellness in Law Enforcement - January 23, 2024

 

  • NORC Survey Findings (03:42)
  • Vera Daniel, Fairfax Co. PD (10:19)
  • Justin Toussing, Indianapolis Metro PD (16:00)
  • Elise Spina Taylor, Miami Beach PD (32:37)
  • Jerry Hallert, Reno PD (1:01:11)

 

Webinar 2: Police Perceptions of their Work and its Impact on their Health - February 7, 2024

 

Law enforcement officers are asked to possess many skills and display positive character traits in the face of constant hardships. Many agencies have implemented wellness programming designed to provide officers support in developing necessary skills used in the profession and an environment to address hardships faced in the field.

This webinar features agencies that have been exemplary at implementing officer safety and wellness programming that emphasizes building resilience among law enforcement officers, building relationships with members of the community, and promoting positive aspects of police work through wellness.

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • NORC Research Summary (03:22)
  • Jeff Albanese, U.S. Capitol Police (12:02)
  • Henry Liu, Seattle Police Department (26:14)
  • Brandi Burque, San Antonio Police Department (39:42)
  • Bryan Edelen, Louisville Metro Police Department (1:03:45)
  • Q&A (1:19:25)

 

Webinar 3: Promoting Health and Wellness for Women in Policing - February 27, 2024

In the United States, only 12% of sworn officers and 3% of police leadership are female. This low level of representation reflects a broad area of untapped potential and missed opportunities: research shows that women officers are less likely to use force or make fewer discretionary arrests. Communities also perceive women officers as more compassionate to crime victims, particularly in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Agencies nationwide are making various efforts to increase the representation of women in law enforcement, and part of attracting more women to the field is creating a workplace that supports women officers. For example, women have different health and wellness needs than their male counterparts. Agencies can tailor policies and support systems accordingly. Addressing these unique aspects, from physical fitness requirements to mental health resources, ensures a healthier and more inclusive workforce.

This webinar will showcase agencies that have effectively tailored wellness programs to meet the specific needs of female officers and pushing to increase the representation of women in policing.

 

Webinar 4: Supporting Officers After a Critical Incident: Model ProgramsMarch 14, 2024, 2:00-3:30 EDT

Law enforcement is a stressful profession; however, critical incidents in policing, such as witnessing death, abuse, and gruesome crime scenes, are the pinnacle of trauma that officers endure in their line of work. Critical incidents have cumulative effects that adversely impact all facets of an officer’s life. Such incidents can produce physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral reactions that negatively affect an officer’s wellness and ability to fulfill their duties. While critical incidents are inherent in policing, agencies have implemented wellness programming to both help officers prepare for and recover from these incidents.

The focus of this webinar is on wellness programs offered to law enforcement officers before and after critical incidents to mitigate the impacts of acute stress and trauma.

Click here to register for the webinar.

 

Webinar 5: Managing Officers’ Everyday Health Issues