Officer Performance and Safety

Apply now! NIJ has released the fiscal year 2019 solicitation Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System (pdf, 47 pages).

The application deadline has changed from May 27 to May 28, 2019.

This solicitation seeks research in multiple areas include the cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers; and understanding the impact of undercover work on officer wellness.

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Strategic Plan

We have released the Safety, Health, and Wellness Strategic Research Plan (2016-2021).

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: March 11, 2019