|The first OSW Group meeting was held September 22, 2011 with more than 40 participants representing federal, state, and local law enforcement; national associations; unions; and researchers. The group examined the problems and challenges with officer safety and wellness, established initial priorities, and focused on deaths and injuries related to gunfire.|
The National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group brings together representatives from law enforcement, federal agencies, and the research community to address the significantly high number of officer gunfire fatalities and to improve officer safety and wellness. During quarterly meetings, participants contribute to the creation of officer safety and wellness tools and resources.
The U.S. Department of Justiceís Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) established the OSW Group at the request of Attorney General Eric Holder.
The OSW Group hopes to encourage the adoption of cultures of safety and wellness among the nationís law enforcement agencies. The goals of the group are: