Key Points: Stress and Wellness for Law Enforcement Research professionals discuss what they believe law enforcement leadership should focus on when dealing with officer health and wellness. This includes identifying trauma and warning signs for suicide, utilizing a “preventive maintenance” approach to the health and wellness of officers, and finding ways that can help officers deal with everyday stressors. Video run time: 2:13 min.
Culture Plays into Stress and Wellness Discussion about how the law enforcement culture of not showing weakness might deter some officers from getting help if they are suffering from mental health issues. The subject matter experts recommend listening to officers and conveying that it’s okay to express emotions. Video run time: 2:22 min.
Officer Stress and Wellness Discussion about the importance of practitioners and researchers working together to study the effects of stress and trauma on law enforcement. The speakers note how the partnership can ensure that all stakeholders are involved, make the data more usable and understandable, and create a synergy of practical experience and vetted academic foundations. Video run time: 1:27 min.
Stress and Trauma Discussion Takeaways Panelists provide their opinions on what they hope people will take away from the seminar. These takeaways are managing officer expectations at the academy level for the stress and trauma that they could face on the job and sharing research resources on officer resiliency with law enforcement agencies. Video run time: 2:06 min.
Speakers: John Violanti, research professor at University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions; Wendy Stiver, major at the Dayton (Ohio) Police Department.
NIJ - Empowering Schools to Change Behavior & Attitudes Bullying prevention is an important aspect of school safety. During this webinar, co-sponsored by NIJ and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, renowned bullying prevention researchers will share information schools can use to address bullying. This information will include helping teachers respond to bullying in the classroom and giving students who see bullying tools to take action to address it. Video run time: 1:41 min.
Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Persons with Mental Illness and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
BJA's Serving Safely Webinar Series This webinar provides strategies to improve the behavioral health crisis response for individuals with mental illnesses and intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD). It presents models of mental health crisis response, including Crisis Intervention Teams, mobile crisis, co-responder, and stand-alone mental health response training. It discusses how research addresses the effectiveness of models for responding to individuals with I/DD & directions for future research. Video run time: 1:29 min.