BJA Mobile
About BJA | Contact BJA | BJA Programs | Site MapOffice of Justice Programs

Officer Safety and Wellness Initiatives


  • News &
    Information
  • Funding &
    Availability
  • Training &
    Technical Assistance
  • Related
    Resources
  • Contacts
  • Publications &
    Performance Reports
  • FAQS
  • Archives

VALOR Webinar Available

BJA’s VALOR webinar, “Street Survival: Casualty Care,” is now online on the secure side of the VALOR web portal (www.valorforblue.org) under the Trainings tab (Online Training). Sign in (or register for an account) for access to this important officer safety webinar. Learn why self-aid/buddy-aid is important!


View OJP's Police Suicide Prevention Webcast

On October 10, OJP and the COPS Office teamed up with the International Association of Chiefs of Police on an Officer Safety and Wellness Police Suicide Webcast as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of law enforcement officers. The purpose of the webcast is to raise awareness among law enforcement about the issue of police suicide and to provide practical information and resources on prevention.


Training Law Enforcement to Respond to Active Shooters

BJA and the FBI have partnered with Texas State University to expedite and increase the delivery of active shooter training to state and local law enforcement throughout our country. At the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, officers receive critical active shooter response training to effectively and safely respond to an active shooter event. The ALERRT curriculum is dynamic force-on-force, scenario-based training. It has been adopted by the FBI as the national training standard for active shooter response, and has been provided to more than 40,000 police officers nationwide. Read more and watch a video about ALERRT.


Read the Officer Safety Initiatives Fact Sheet.

Deborah Meader
Policy Advisor
202-305-2601
E-mail: deborah.meader@usdoj.gov

Michael Medaris
Senior Policy Advisor
202-616-8937
E-mail: Michael.Medaris@usdoj.gov

David Lewis
Senior Policy Advisor
202-616-7829
E-mail: David.P.Lewis@usdoj.gov

James Chavis
Senior Polcy Advisor
202-307-0688
E-mail: james.chavis@usdoj.gov

Linda Hammond-Deckard
Policy Advisor
202-514-6015
E-mail: Linda.Hammond-Deckard@usdoj.gov

Steven Edwards
Senior Policy Advisor
202-307-2601
E-mail: Steven.Edwards@usdoj.gov

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
888-744-6513
E-mail: AskPSOB@usdoj.gov
https://www.psob.gov/default.aspx

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Initiative, (FS 000368), Bureau of Justice Assistance, June 2011. This fact sheet describes the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide critical resources to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions for the sole purpose of purchasing bullet-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement officers.
PDF

Guide to Occupational Health and Safety for Law Enforcement Executives, (NCJ 233580), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2010. With support from BJA, the Police Executive Research Forum has released, A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety for Law Enforcement Executives. This report emphasizes the critical role occupational health and safety programs play in protecting law enforcement personnel from the hazards they face in routine activities and during emergency events.
PDF

Impact of Fitness and Weight on Injuries, This fact sheet provides information and findings from a BJA-sponsored study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police looking at officer injuries and the impact fitness and officer weight had on such injuries.
PDF

Importance of Tracking Injuries, This fact sheet provides information and findings from a BJA-sponsored study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police looking at officer injuries and the development of strategies to prevent such injuries.
PDF

Officer Safety Initiatives, (FS 000395), Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2013. This fact sheet presents information about BJA's officer safety portfolio, which provides law enforcement executives and their officers with resources in tactical training and overall wellness.
PDF

Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program Educational Assistance Program, This fact sheet describes the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Educational Assistance Program (PSOEA) Program which provides an educational assistance allowance to eligible survivors of public safety officers whose deaths or permanent and total disabilities are the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty.
PDF

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, This fact sheet describes the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB) and Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits (HHSB) Programs.
PDF PDF

Reducing Officer Injuries Final Report: A Summary of Data Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-Agency Injury Tracking Study, This report provides an in-depth review of data collected during a study in which eighteen agencies tracked officer injuries over the course of 1 year. Also highlighted are other findings pertinent to injury trends and officer safety considerations.
PDF

More BJA Publications


Announcement:

Matrix Demonstration Project Offers Two New Modules on Crime Analysis

George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy's Matrix Demonstration Project, which is funded by BJA, recently released two new online training modules: "Crime Analysis for Commanders" and "Crime Analysis for Operations." These FREE BJA-funded trainings are an excellent resource for those interested in crime analysis and how it can benefit law enforcement operations.


Police Magazine Features VALOR

In the May 2013 edition of Police Magazine, read the feature article "The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative: The Justice Department's VALOR Initiative offers free officer safety training." Visit BJA's Officer Safety Initiatives page to learn more about VALOR, ALERRT, and other BJA-supported programs that help officers prevent, survive, and respond to violent encounters.


Attorney General Speaks at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the 25th Annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2013. The vigil, sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, is one of the many events honoring our fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week, which is May 12-18.


“Local authorities look to learn lessons from LAX shooting”

From myFOXAustin (Texas), November 1, 2013: “Active shooter situations, like the one Friday at the Los Angeles airport, are being analyzed locally to better prepare law enforcement across the country. Officers at Texas State's ALERRT program focus on taking down active shooters. What happened today will one day become a lesson plan. ‘That's what they do. They run to the sounds of gunfire...while everybody else is running away,’ Terry Nichols of Texas State's ALERRT Program said.” Read the full story and watch the news video or learn more about BJA’s Active Shooter Response Training.


Officer Safety Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR solicitation. Applications are due May 2, 2013.


Funding:

National Center for Campus Public Safety FY 2013 Competitive Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for development and operation of a National Center for Campus Public Safety to support the field, foster collaboration, facilitate information sharing, and support policy development, model practices, operations, and research that will enhance the safety of the nation’s institutions of higher education.
Solicitation


National Initiatives: Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative—VALOR FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/02/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for a national officer safety and wellness training and technical assistance coordinator to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) program.
Solicitation


FY 2012 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program
Application Deadline: 07/06/2012, 05:59 PM
The BVP Program provides funds to help jurisdictions provide bullet- and stab-resistant body armor for sworn law enforcement and corrections officers.
BVP Application System  BVP Application Checklist


Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/14/2012, 11:59 PM
This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce gun and gang-related violent crime.
Solicitation