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National Officer Safety and Wellness Group

National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group

Logo: 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.

Publications and Links

Improving Law Enforcement Resilience: Lessons and Recommendations (October 2016)

OSW Group Meeting Summary: Officer Safety and Wellness Forum (March 2016)

Safety and Health Information and Education for Law Enforcement Departments

OSW Group Meeting Summary: Psychological Health (February 2013)

OSW Group Meeting Summary: Leadership, Creating a Culture of Safety (September 2012)

Vehicle Operation, Risk Management, and Problem-based Learning (April 2012)

OSW Group Meeting Summary: Officer Deaths and Injuries from Gunfire (January 2012)

OSW Group Meeting Summary: An Overview of the Issues (September 2011)

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 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:

Over the years the OSWG has discussed these critical officer safety and wellness issues and produced a number of resources aimed to encourage the nationís law enforcement agencies to adopt a culture that embraces the value of safety and wellness. The COPS Office and BJA continue to strive to provide agencies with the tools necessary to develop effective programs that address some of the most persistent and prevalent safety and wellness issues facing law enforcement officers today.