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LEADS Scholar Spotlight — Patrol Officer Exposure to Subcritical Incidents

Wendy Stiver
Wendy Stiver, a commander with the Dayton Police Department in Ohio and a Class of 2016 scholar of NIJ’s Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Program, talks about her work to find interventions to patrol officer exposure to subcritical trauma, or subcritical incidents. She said she was inspired by the LEADS Program to begin analyzing this subject.


WENDY STIVER: Participating in this program inspired me to work on a little bit of quantitative analysis in patrol officer exposure to subcritical trauma, or subcritical incidents.

So we identified a subcritical incident as an event that might cause some additional stress to the officers, like a homicide, dealing with the death of an infant — something that would be a little bit more intense emotionally, or physically, than normal.

We’re looking to hopefully identify a reasonable intervention where we can reach out to those officers and give them some kind of assistance to help manage this cumulative effect.

Through the LEADS Program not only have I been exposed to opportunities to develop and flesh out some research project ideas but access to tremendous resources and collaborate with smart people from police departments all over the country and just to dig deeper, to have difficult conversations, and to work towards finding meaningful solutions to problems that are persistent throughout all of our agencies.

Date Created: May 15, 2018