Why study nonfatal injuries? Is that even important?
We have a very good understanding of line-of-duty deaths and how to prevent them. What we don’t fully understand are nonfatal injuries that impact officers and their agencies in so many ways. For example, overexertion injuries are very expensive and can lead to significant time away from work. These injuries can also impact an officer’s home life and mental health if they involve long-term pain or disability. Worse yet, these injuries could lead to the end of a law enforcement career. We know so little about how officers get injured, how they recover, and what can the field as a whole can do to prevent these injuries.