In order to begin to better understand the scope and frequency of injuries sustained by law enforcement officers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, conducted a multi-department assessment of line-of-duty injuries.
Eighteen different agencies participated in this study and tracked all reported injuries over the course of 1 year. All available information pertinent to each injury was documented and entered into a database using a standardized reporting instrument built for this study. The IACP collected all data and partnered with George Mason University to perform an analysis of the data and develop strategies and resources for injury prevention.
This report provides a more in-depth review of the data collected during this study and highlights other findings pertinent to injury trends and officer safety considerations. It is intended to serve as a resource for agencies and encourage them to think more critically about departmental injuries and proactive prevention strategies.