May 2013

Officer safety and wellness has always been a priority for the IACP, and the IACP believes that no injury to or death of a law enforcement professional is acceptable. The strong leadership displayed by the association’s members for the concern and well-being of their officers uniquely positions the IACP to address officer safety and wellness. The IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness is taking a lifecycle approach to safety and wellness, providing information and resources specifically tailored to each of the four career stages: recruitment, early career, advanced career, and retirement. The articles and columns in this issue of the Police Chief magazine provides guidance to law enforcement leaders in protecting their most important asset — their people.

Recruitment image on cover courtesy of the Michigan State Police.


  • The Loss of Trooper Tony Radulescu

    Almost everything went right early on the morning of February 23, 2012. Shortly before 1:00 a.m. that day, Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu made a traffic stop in the small community of ...

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  • Risk Mitigation Can Lead to Fewer Officer Fatalities

    istorically, law enforcement has been plagued by violence against its officers, reflected in the number of line-of-duty deaths. They lost their lives doing what they loved in an escalating war on law ...

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  • Responding to Calls with Suicidal Suspects: Practical Command and Psychological Considerations

    Responding to suicidal individuals is an increasingly common occurrence in law enforcement work. Based on a 2008 Bureau of Justice Administration report an estimated 3 to 7 percent of all police calls...

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  • A Paradigm Shift for First Responders: Preparing the Emergency Response Community for Hybrid Targeted Violence

    A shooting on the street A fire at a residence An emergency medical technician treating a wounded civilian Taken separately, each of these incidents ha...

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  • Product Feature: Officer Protection

    Officer protection encompasses a wide range of products and areas. Weapons, equipment, and protective clothing all are part of the equation. However, newer, smarter tools are being built not just for ...

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