5 Things You Need to Know About the Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System released by the Police Foundation

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 9.39.30 AMThe Police Foundation has released “5 Things You Need to Know about LEO Near Miss,” highlighting its Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System, which is designed to improve officer safety nationwide by helping law enforcement personnel share near miss information and providing analysis of the events and information that can be used to avoid future near misses and critical incidents. A “near miss” is a close call or unsafe occurrence that could have resulted in a serious injury, fatality, significant property damage or other crisis, if not for a fortunate break in the chain of events.

The new 5 Things fact sheet provides an introduction to the Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System and the LEOnearmiss.org website, which serves as a confidential forum for law enforcement officers of any rank to report “near misses”.  The Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System is modeled after successful reporting systems in the fire service, aviation, and medical fields that have been credited with reducing injuries and saving lives, Constructed as part of a “non-blaming” error identification process, the LEO Near Miss system does not capture any tracking data from those who upload incidents into the system.

This reporting system will allow the larger law enforcement community to learn from those who report incidents.Research shows that for every 300 near misses in industry, about 29 minor injuries and one major injury occurs. By sharing reports of near-miss incidents, law enforcement personnel could save the life of another officer who encounters a similar situation.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) have joined the Police Foundation as partners in the Law Enforcement Officers Near Miss Reporting System, which has been funded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Police departments that have been actively involved in supporting the launch of the LEOnearmiss.org site include the Dallas Police Department, the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department, the Spokane (WA) Police Department, the Cambridge (MA) Police Department, the Tampa (FL) Police Department, the Erie (CO) Police Department, the Greenville (NC) Police Department and the San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriffs Department. The system is also supported by University of Texas System Police and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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