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Officer safety and wellness has always been a priority for the IACP. The Center for Officer Safety and Wellness was created in 2012 to centralize these efforts by promoting existing resources and encouraging a cultural shift within law enforcement agencies by emphasizing the values of safety, health, and wellness as they impact officer performance.


The Center focuses on all aspects of an officer’s safety, health, and wellness, both on and off the job. Topics that the Center will cover range from mandatory vest and seatbelt wear polices to nutrition recommendations and wise financial decision making. The Center wants to ensure that law enforcement professionals have the resources they need to remain healthy and safe.


 Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health

To address the mental health stigma within law enforcement as well as the critical issue of law enforcement  suicide, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice (COPS) hosted Breaking the Silence: A National Symposium on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide and Mental Health in July 2013. The participants at the symposium, which included the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, law enforcement and mental health professionals, worked together to develop a national strategy to address officer mental health wellness and suicide prevention.


How Can You Contribute?

To support the mission of the Center, IACP calls upon its members to provide recommendations, best practices, and first-hand experiences to share with the law enforcement community. IACP will continuously solicit the best information, tools, and resources to bring to members’ attention.


Please contact the Center at if you have officer safety and wellness best practices to share or wish to suggest a specific safety and wellness topic that you would like to 

see addressed.


Several of the projects highlighted within these pages are partially or wholly supported by: 


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