This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to NIJ’s Research to Improve Officer Decision-making solicitation. The presenters will discuss the purpose and goals of this opportunity and address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude this webinar.
Law enforcement officers face many different dangerous and stressful situations in the line of duty. Some, such as gun violence, are obvious; others dangers (e.g., fatigue) are hidden, but common, and can greatly hinder officer performance. Officer performance is also affected by training and other factors.
John Violanti, Research Professor at Buffalo, discusses the importance of making police departments aware that officer suicide is a problem. According to Violanti, police officers have a significantly higher rate of suicide than the general public. Reasons for this higher risk include the accumulative effects of trauma and stress.
Jeff Rojek, Associate Director for the Center for Law and Behavior at the University of Texas, explains what the research shows about why law enforcement officers are more or less likely to use seat belts. Rojek describes how training, improved policy and accountability, and organizational justice create a more comprehensive approach to officer safety.