A Serious Risk to Officer Safety
According to data collected from the Officer Down Memorial Page, 535 law enforcement officers were killed from 2010-2019 from collisions and struck-by incidents on the nation’s roadways. More recently, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported 44 law enforcement officers were killed in 2020 as a result of traffic-related incidents. Fifteen of these fatalities were the result of struck-by incidents, and 8 involved single-vehicle crashes.
More can be done to protect our officers.
About the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program
The National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP) provides a suite of no-cost training, technical assistance, and resources to local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies with the goal of reducing the number of officers seriously injured and killed on the nation’s roadways.
The NLERSP offers in-person, interactive courses for executives, patrol officers, and trainers that teach attendees about the risk factors for officer-involved collisions and struck-by incidents and identify a variety of interventions and technological innovations that can reduce the likelihood of their occurrence. The evidence-based courses, developed by a national working group of subject matter experts, draw heavily from the success of the Las Vegas Police Department’s comprehensive crash prevention program, as well as widely-recognized traffic incident management (TIM) principles, to provide attendees with actionable steps, skills, and resources to improve officer safety on the roadways.
The National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is a collaborative effort between the National Police Foundation and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research.
Register for Upcoming Training
The National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program offers three training courses to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies across the country at no cost to attendees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing federal travel restrictions, all training courses are currently only being offered virtually. See below for a brief description of each course and links to register for upcoming training sessions.
Roadway Safety Executive Workshop
Lead your agency in roadway safety. Attend this 4-hour workshop with other mid-level and executive-level officers where you will discuss policies, training, and technological innovations that can reduce the risk of officer-involved collisions and struck-by incidents.
Roadway Safety Patrol Officer Course
Learn how to improve your safety on the roadways. This 6-hour course will discuss best practices and tactics to improve your safety during traffic stops, emergency response driving, all-weather driving, and roadway operations while outside of your vehicle.
Roadway Safety Train-the-Trainer Course
Provide the training to your agency. Trainers who attended the Roadway Safety for Patrol Officers course are eligible to attend this 8-hour course, where they will be given the resources and skills needed to teach the training curriculum to other officers during academy or in-service training.
Request Training & Customized Technical Assistance
If your agency would like to be considered to host a suite of training sessions (patrol, executive, and train-the-trainer courses), please complete the contact form. Please note, funding to deliver training is limited, so agencies and/or regions with the greatest need will be prioritized.
In addition to the virtual training sessions, the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program can provide agencies with customized technical assistance to improve existing training, policies, procedures, and programs related to the safety of roadway operations. If your agency is interested in receiving no-cost technical assistance, an authorized agency representative should complete the request form presented here.
Agency representatives can also send an email request to TTA@LEOroadwaysafety.org or call the National Police Foundation at 202-833-1471 with training and technical assistance requests.
LEO Roadway Safety Request Form
Roadway Safety Resource Toolkit
The following resources are provided to help agencies develop or modify policy, provide additional training to officers, and change organizational culture to improve officer safety on the roadways. The list is not intended to be exhaustive.
We thank the agencies and organizations that have contributed to this resource toolkit. If your agency has developed resources that could help other agencies, please let us know by emailing us at TTA@LEOroadwaysafety.org.
Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways: Lessons Learned from NIOSH FACE Reports on Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths
This recorded web event features investigators from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who discuss trends in officer injuries and fatalities from roadway-related incidents that were investigated by the NIOSH team. The investigators provide a detailed case study of an officer struck-by incident, including lessons learned, and identify numerous resources available for patrol officers and agency decision-makers, alike, to reduce risk and improve officer safety on the road. This 1.5-hour presentation is intended for law enforcement practitioners at all levels, from patrol officers to agency executives.
Protecting Our Officers on the Road: Reducing Officer-Involved Collisions and Struck-By Incidents
This presentation will educate participants about the leading causes of collisions and struck-by incidents and identify actions agencies and officers can take to improve safety during roadway operations. The presentation will also provide viewers with resources from the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to support policy and behavioral changes following the workshop. This presentation was originally delivered as part of IACP’s 2021 Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium in March 2021.
National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program Partners
This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-DP-BX-K005 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.