An Officer Safety and Wellness Resource Guidebook
Protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest can be volatile and unpredictable situations that can last for hours, days, or weeks. All of this, in addition to the normal occupational stressors that come along with being a law enforcement professional, is causing stress and fatigue in our officers. Stress, exhaustion, and unpleasant feelings are all normal, and even expected. This guide is meant to provide considerations to help leaders, supervisors, and officers maintain their staff’s wellness – both physical and mental – as a focal point.
The National Police Foundation has developed this brief guide for law enforcement agencies on ways to recognize and protect the physical and mental wellbeing of officers during responses to intense and protracted protests and demonstrations. This guidebook offers educational information and practical considerations for sworn officers of all ranks, particularly frontline officers and mid-level supervisors, as well as their families, to better protect officers’ mental and physical wellbeing during times of heightened stress. The content in this guidebook has been curated and derived from a review of research from professional medical organizations and has been peer reviewed by licensed mental health clinicians and law enforcement practitioners. Click on an icon below for more information: