The Police Foundation (PF) serves as the National Coordinator for the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness pilot project, providing project management, coordination, data collection, research and evaluation, and other support to three local law enforcement agencies selected in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to serve as officer safety and wellness pilot sites. Project goals are to facilitate the delivery of comprehensive officer safety training and technical assistance to pilot sites and to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of those resources in improving law enforcement officer safety and wellness.
The NCT will meet these goals by coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive officer safety and wellness program with three agencies, overseeing an evaluation at each site, and sharing findings. The training and technical assistance provided includes intensive classroom training, active shooter response training, and a traffic safety program. These resources will focus on providing research-based training and guidance on diffusing situations before use of force is required. This is critical, particularly in light of the clear linkage between avoiding use of force situations and officer safety. The use of force, and the prolonged use of force or escalation, significantly increase the risk of injury to officers and suspects and may jeopardize relationships within the community.
This project is made in collaboration with both training providers and a formed research team in addition to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Training providers include the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), Polis Solutions, and the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) Destination Zero program. The research team includes Jeff Rojek of the University of Texas-El Paso, Hope Tiesman of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Geoff Alpert at the University of South Carolina.
Julie Grieco, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
VALOR, officer safety, NCT, officer wellness, training and technical assistance, Bureau of Justice Assistance