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About SAFLEO

Effective suicide prevention training must have a comprehensive approach, focusing on occupational risks and support from law enforcement agencies, colleagues, families, and friends. To combat law enforcement suicide, agencies must place a priority on officer wellness with the same level of attention as tactical training. This goes beyond being just an agency responsibility; we all must place this issue as a priority—it is critical and could mean the difference between life and death.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) believes that the law enforcement community deserves better access to officer wellness resources and suicide prevention strategies. It has created a multifaceted approach to address law enforcement suicide. The SAFLEO Program is one of two critical pieces under this work and is funded under the Officer Robert Wilson III Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative. BJA, through SAFLEO, provides training, technical assistance, and resources to law enforcement agencies, staff, and families, to raise awareness, smash the stigma, and reduce and prevent law enforcement suicide.

SAFLEO closely collaborates with the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, BJA’s second critical program in its work to reduce and prevent law enforcement suicide. SAFLEO uses the Consortium’s findings and outcomes to ensure that the latest information and strategies in suicide prevention are being addressed in SAFLEO’s curriculum and resources.

Protecting our protectors, there is strength in seeking help.
The National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officers (SAFLEO) Program goes beyond traditional law enforcement training by:
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    Incorporating emerging techniques relating to learning and behavior change in the development of curricula and publications.
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    Streamlining training visuals and developing imagery-driven and interactive presentations.
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    Providing numerous eLearning opportunities to regularly reinforce learning concepts.
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    Using the latest research in suicide ideation, root causes of officer suicide, risks, protective factors, and awareness.
  • Providing numerous eLearning
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    Collaborating with organizations that share a common interest to #SmashTheStigma around law enforcement, mental wellness, and suicide.

BJA is building this critically important program by bringing together these strategic partners:

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