Officer Safety and Wellness

Officer Safety and Wellness

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logo Explore the collection of IACP resources that support the safety, health, and wellness of every officer, and use these resources when developing comprehensive officer safety and wellness strategies. Learn about building resilience, injury prevention, peer support programs, physical fitness, proper nutrition, stress, mindfulness, suicide prevention, and more.

Officer Safety and Wellness Online Community

Connect with peers in the IACP Officer Safety and Wellness Online Community. This online forum connects you with other law enforcement leaders, wellness coordinators, and mental health service providers. You can pose questions and share resources, ideas, and successes to support comprehensive approaches to enhancing the safety, health, and wellness of officers. By joining the online community, you will also be the first to receive updates regarding our annual Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium.

You do not need to be an IACP member to join! The online community is open to all professionals who have a vested interest in officer wellness. Click here to join now!

New Resource Spotlight

IACP Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium

 OSW Symposium

The 2023 OSW Symposium will be taking place March 3-5 in Anaheim, California. Visit the OSW Symposium event page for the latest updates.

Building Resiliency in Officers and Leaders

To overcome challenges officers face on a daily basis and to recover from a critical incident, officers need to develop resiliency within themselves. The IACP offers resources and guidance for every officer on and off the job, and across every rank. Learn how to navigate adversity and thrive in the face of challenges.

Tools and Resources

Videos and Virtual Events

Current IACP Initiatives

For more information, please contact osw@theiacp.org.

Officer Mental Health

Prioritizing officer mental health is essential for the well-being of officers and their colleagues, agencies, and communities. The IACP has developed resources promoting an environment that encourages law enforcement personnel to seek help, supporting officers in feeling and performing their best.

Tools and Resources: Guidance for Officers

Tools and Resources: Guidance for Agency Leaders

Videos and Virtual Events

Policy Papers

(Note: access to most Model Policies is limited to IACP members only)

Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention

Officers experience job-related stressors ranging from interpersonal conflicts to traumatic events. This cumulative exposure may affect officers’ mental and physical health, contributing to problems such as post-traumatic stress symptoms, substance misuse, depression, and suicidal ideation. One officer suicide is one too many.

Browse through available resources and tools to raise awareness of and prevent officer suicide.

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out.

Tools and Resources

Videos and Virtual Events

Policy Papers

(Note: access to most Model Policies is limited to IACP members only) 

Current IACP Initiatives

For more information, please contact osw@theiacp.org.

Physical Wellness

Officers can enhance their physical health through diet, exercise, and adequate sleep. Maintaining good physical health can reduce officers’ risk of developing hypertension, heart disease, cancer, degenerative joint diseases, and diabetes. Those who maintain a healthy weight, or an active lifestyle, can reduce their risk and severity of injury. The resources below will be helpful for an agency seeking to build out their physical health and nutrition education programs.

Tools and Resources

Nutrition
Sleep
Physical Wellness
Medical Care

Videos and Virtual Events

Policy Papers

(Note: access to most Model Policies is limited to IACP members only)

For more information, please contact osw@theiacp.org.

Officer Safety

It is essential for police officers to be prepared with the knowledge and tools to protect and serve their communities to the best of their abilities. The IACP offers the following resources and considerations regarding officer safety in the field.

Tools and Resources

Videos and Virtual Events

Policy Papers

(Note: access to most Model Policies is limited to IACP members only) 

Current IACP Initiatives

For more information, please contact osw@theiacp.org.

Family Wellness

Law enforcement officers are routinely exposed to stressful, demanding incidents that challenge them both physically and mentally. While an officer’s individual health and wellness is important, the lifestyle and culture of policing has effects far beyond the officer themselves. Spouses, partners, parents, children, and companions of law enforcement are an essential support system for their loved one when they return home after every shift. These families and friends also need support to respond to the unique challenges they and their officer face on and off the job.

Tools and Resources

Videos and Virtual Events

Policy Papers

(Note: access to most Model Policies is limited to IACP members only)

For more information, please contact osw@theiacp.org.

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