Officer Safety Corner: Officer Performance Optimization: An Integrated and Culturally Relevant Approach to Officer Wellness, Health, and Performance

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s recommendations focused on concerns for officer safety and wellness.1 Concurrently, the scrutiny of use-of-force policies and training has increased the need for law enforcement agencies to seek assistance in developing evidence-based training. Initially, these two areas of interest—officer wellness and use-of-force training—might seem to be an unlikely pairing, and most organizations focus and expend resources separately on officer wellness and performance. However, health and wellness are the foundation for effective responses in a multitude of situations. Innovative strategies of implementing training that is integrated and culturally tailored to the mission and needs of law enforcement officers are definitely needed.

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