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Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group Meeting Summary: Psychological Health

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Date Published
February 2013
39 pages
This report summarizes the proceedings of the Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group's meeting on February 4, 2013, which featured a discussion of the psychological health of law enforcement officers as an important component of efforts to improve their safety and wellness.
Subject-matter experts presented research findings pertinent to the impact on officer psychological health of job-related stress and associated officer resilience and fatigue. The meeting also included presentations on initiatives to address officer psychological health by departments in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and Fresno, California. During the latter half of the meeting, participants provided input by answering prepared questions on organizational leadership, research, policy, training, and best practices in efforts to improve and maintain officer psychological health. This meeting and the current report provide guidance on filling research gaps, improving training, and reviewing departmental policies, procedures, and programs in efforts to improve and maintain the psychological health of officers. 2 figures, 65 references, and appended meeting agenda, list of attendees, and presenter profiles