President’s Message: Implementing All Aspects of Officer Safety and Wellness

Law enforcement is constantly being challenged to rise to higher levels of performance, crime prevention, and community engagement. None of these objectives can be successfully met or exceeded without a commitment to increasing officer safety and wellness. Our law enforcement officers cannot effectively perform or connect with citizens if there are not safe internal and external environments for them. Officer safety and wellness needs to be a focal point for every agency.

Last year (2016), 144 U.S. officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Forty-six percent of those lost lives were due to gunfire. There was an increase in the number of ambush attacks on law enforcement with 21 officers lost, including 5 killed in the July 7 attack in Dallas, Texas—the deadliest attack on law enforcement in the United States since 9/11. As of March 30, 2017, there have been 32 U.S. line-of-duty deaths—10 of those deaths were caused by gunfire, and 7 were caused by automobile crashes. In January 2017, following the late 2016 ambush attacks on four officers in three states in a 24-hour period, IACP convened a task force of committed law enforcement executives to explore the issue of violence against the police and provide concrete recommendations and resources to prevent further tragedies. These resources, including a blog series, web updates, and training materials, will be rolled out over the next several months.

Read More
President's Message
Share
Recently, the issue of law enforcement’s use of force has been the subject of intense discourse for the media, politicians, law makers, and community members, as well as sparking important conversat...
President's Message
Share
Law enforcement leaders recognize that not one single factor has been more essential to preventing and reducing crime levels than collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the communities the...
President's Message
Share
It has been said that “culture eats strategy,” and in this time of intense focus on the law enforcement profession, we often hear calls for culture change and reform alongside the calls for new po...
President's Message
Share
We find ourselves leading our profession and our agencies in a time of accelerating change and increasing disruption. Law enforcement isn’t the only field facing this challenge—in his latest book,...
President's Message
Share
Social media has been in existence for over a decade now, and, as it continues to evolve and new platforms emerge, it has impacted society in a number of ways. People around the world now have differe...
President's Message
Share
We find ourselves—as individual and collective leaders of this noble profession—at a challenging moment in history. A moment that will challenge the very best of our intentions, our dedication, ou...
President's Message
Share
When I was sworn in a year ago, I could not have imagined the incredible journey I would embark upon as the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. I feel truly fortunate to ha...
President's Message
Share
As law enforcement leaders and professionals, we know that having the support of our communities is absolutely essential to productive and sustainable crime prevention efforts. While there are law enf...
President's Message
Share
This past month has been filled with devastating events occurring all around the world, from Bangladesh, to Baghdad, to France, to Turkey, and to the United States. With each event, we have mourned th...
President's Message
Share
As law enforcement leaders, we have long been speaking out about the dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Far too many of us have witnessed the devastating effects of DUI, responde...