National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program

Project Summary 

The National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP) is an evidence-based and data-driven program that provides training and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal law enforcement with the goal of reducing the number of officers injured or killed on the nation’s roadways.

 

Methodology 

The NLERSP provides a suite of no-cost, in-person training courses for executives, patrol officers, and trainers. Additionally, the NLERSP offers customized technical assistance to agencies to improve their existing training, policies, procedures, and programs related to law enforcement roadway safety. This assistance can include reviewing and developing agency policies on roadway-related issues, reviewing and assessing an agency’s roadway safety training, assisting with replicating best practices in agencies, and providing research translation services related to roadway safety research.

 

Implications

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 eight involved single-vehicle crashes. More can be done to protect law enforcement officers on the roadways. The NLERSP seeks to address this critical safety need by training officers in tactics and behaviors that will improve their safety while operating on the roadways and guiding agencies to implement policies, procedures, training, and equipment that can reduce officer-involved collisions and struck-by incidents.

 

Project Website

 www.LEOroadwaysafety.org

 

Funding & Collaboration

This project is supported by award number 2018-DP-BX-K005 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is managed by the National Police Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, which serves as the training provider.

 

Point of Contact

Brett Cowell
Senior Project Associate
National Police Foundation
bcowell@policefoundation.org
(202) 833-1471

 

Keywords

traffic safety, roadway safety, motor vehicle, officer safety, training, evidence-based policing, collisions, struck-by, line of duty deaths, officer injury, preventing injury, prevention