National Law Enforcement Safety Traffic Program

Project Purpose/Goal:

The National Police Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Valor Initiative, will develop, implement, and evaluate a National Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Program. This evidence-based and data-driven program will provide training and technical assistance to state, local and tribal law enforcement with the intention to address a wide variety of traffic safety issues that are identified through research and data to be significant contributors to risk and harm. By focusing on individual behavior changes, leadership, and organizations, we seek to improve officer safety and decrease the number of officer related traffic injuries and deaths significantly.  The project entails the delivery of comprehensive officer safety training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and measurement and evaluation of the effectiveness of those resources in improving law enforcement safety and wellness. The objectives of the program are:

  • To prevent injury, lost time, and fatalities,
  • To reach as many law enforcement officers as possible,
  • To provide TTA considering evidence-based and data-driven best practices.

The program will consist of classroom training for officers, a briefing for law enforcement executives and an on-line training component. Additionally, the Project Team will develop and deliver customized technical assistance (TA) to agencies to improve their existing training, policies, procedures, and programs related to law enforcement traffic safety. This assistance may include review and development of agency policies on traffic-related issues, review and assessment of an agency’s traffic safety training, assisting with the replication of best practices in agencies, webinars on key topics, and providing research translation services related to traffic safety research or developing an internal traffic safety monitoring dashboard.

Approach, Results, and Implications:

A recent survey conducted by the NPF revealed that law enforcement executives rank “being in a motor vehicle collision” as the highest perceived risk facing officers, even higher than being shot or assaulted. More than 25 percent of responding agencies reported a fatality or serious injury as a result of a motor vehicle crash and line officers cited a lack of hands-on driver training. This initiative affords an opportunity for agencies to positively influence officer safety and increase awareness within their agencies by providing evidence-based training and data-driven technical assistance designed to prevent injury and death and decrease officer lost work time due to traffic crashes and traffic related incidents.

The National Police Foundation will work closely with BJA, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research and a team of experts established as a Working Group in curriculum development, implementation, and program evaluation. The Team has already successfully developed training curricula (both in-person and online) using innovative and adult learning principles, with input from traffic safety subject experts, based on the latest tactical traffic safety strategies and maneuvers. In the U.S. and abroad, the Team has a history of providing customized technical assistance to agencies to improve their law enforcement operations.

Funding & Collaboration

This project is made in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research serving as the training provider. A formed Work Group comprised of experts with specific knowledge and expertise in research, law enforcement (primarily traffic safety), training, administration, community businesses and organizations has been established to contribute and lend guidance to assist the Project Team as training and technical assistance components are developed.

Point of Contact:

Brett Meade, Ed.D.
Senior Program Manager
The National Police Foundation
bmeade@policefoundation.org

Brett Cowell
Senior Project Associate
Direct: 202-833-1471
bcowell@policefoundation.org

Keywords:

Traffic safety, motor vehicle, officer safety, training, evidence-based policing

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