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How Cops Die: Understanding and Preventing Duty-Related Deaths

NCJ Number
239941
Author(s)
Jody Kasper, M.S., M.P.A.
Date Published
2012
Length
205 pages
Annotation
This book examines strategies that contribute to the health and safety of police officers.
Abstract
This book provides an overview of the complexities of real threats to the lives of police officers in the United States, and the methods to effectively combat them. Chapter 1 details a list of fallen officers who died in the line of duty in 2010 along with a brief summation of the events surrounding their deaths. The rest of the book is divided into three parts. Part 1, On-Duty Deaths, provides an overview of on-duty deaths; and discusses traffic accidents and successful strategies to prevent traffic deaths; and police homicides and success strategies to prevent police homicides. Part 2, Duty-Related Deaths, discusses employee physical health and successful strategies for improving physical health; and mental health and successful strategies for maintaining good mental health. Part 3, Administrator's Guide, examines how to develop a comprehensive wellness program, including departmental assessments; the challenges of getting a new wellness program off the ground; and improving employee morale, the root of safety and wellness. References