INJURY REDUCTION

No injury or death to a law enforcement officer is acceptable, and the IACP is committed to helping instill a culture of safety in every agency, extending from the chief executive to the newest recruit. Understanding and tracking officer injuries are key elements of prevention. 

Reducing Officer Injuries Study

This 12-month national study of 18 law enforcement agencies sought to examine and quantify the spectrum of injuries sustained by officers. The results documented nearly 1,300 reported injuries, nearly 6,000 missed work days, and nearly $2 million in estimated overtime costs. Examples of key findings include:

  • Officers with less than five years of service were most likely to sustain injuries

  • Officers wearing seatbelts during a crash missed an average of five fewer days compared with officers not wearing seatbelts

  • Officers trained in arrest procedures, tactics, and use of force sustained less severe injuries.

 



Final Report

 

Executive Summary

 

Infographic

 



 
 


Fact Sheet: 
The Importance of Tracking
Injuries


Fact Sheet:
The Impact of Fitness & Weight
on Injuries

 
 

   

Injury Tracking 

Tracking officer injuries can contribute to an organizational culture of safety. Detailed, consistent tracking at the agency level allows department officials to identify common injuries, better evaluate risk, and implement or improve agency injury prevention and mitigation policies, practices, and training.  To assist and encourage injury tracking at the agency level, IACP has created a downloadable injury tracking database and corresponding training documentation on its use.

 

Injury Tracking Database (download)
 

Injury Tracking Tool How-To Guide 
(download)

Tracking "Near Misses"

The IACP is a partner in the Police Foundation's LEO Near Miss Reporting Systema voluntary, non-disciplinary reporting system that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share “close calls” or “near misses,” provide lessons learned that can protect others from similar incidents. A near miss is defined as a close call and/or unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in a serious injury or fatality if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.