Officer Performance and Safety

Research and Officer Wellness

The rigors of policing continue to be complicated by conditions that lead to stress or health-related issues for police officers. Learn more from the article  "Supporting Officer Wellness Within a Changing Policing Environment: What Research Tells Us in the May 2016 issue of Police Chief.

Resource from NIJ and BJA offers information on how to select, purchase, wear, and care for body armor.

Law enforcement officers face many different dangerous and stressful situations in the line of duty. Some, such as gun violence, are obvious; others dangers (e.g., fatigue) are hidden, but common, and can greatly hinder officer performance. Officer performance is also affected by training and other factors.

NIJ supports work to study and improve officer performance and safety on several fronts. For decades, NIJ has been on the forefront of testing and developing protective equipment for officers, from body armor to roadside visibility aids. NIJ also funds projects to prevent and eliminate officer fatigue and mental health problems. To help officers improve various aspects of their day-to-day work, NIJ sponsors a variety of training courses and funds the development of tools to aid officer performance.

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Date Modified: May 17, 2016