Spotlight on Safety Is About YOU!
As law enforcement officers and leaders, you are the community’s first line of defense. Your health, safety, and wellness, as well as that of your agency members, matters. Every two months, the Spotlight on Safety offers you and your agency fresh online training and a quick reference to the latest trends and research on topics related directly to your law enforcement duties! You will find webinars, podcasts, online training modules, articles and publications, and more that can be used for roll calls, in-service training, or self-directed learning. Use the downloadable and printable posters as daily reminders and to motivate yourself and others. It is all about you and your safety—you matter!
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This Spotlight on Safety theme is Roadmap to Vehicle Safety
Legendary National Football League coach Vince Lombardi based his success on mastering the fundamentals. His famous quote, “Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals,” applies to winning both on the football field and in the law enforcement arena. The basics or fundamentals of officer safety are concepts that endure and help law enforcement officers survive in this dangerous profession; however, is it possible that, over the course of time, officers begin to neglect the basics? Does the word “basics” cause us to think that we are already proficient at them? Do we believe that they do not need to be revisited? Some of the basic principles being violated involve vehicle safety.
Don’t Ignore Your Warning Lights
What’s Important Now (W.I.N.)
Destination Zero Officer Traffic Safety Award
This award is presented to the law enforcement agency that has taken proactive measures to demonstrate definitively a program’s success in improving officer traffic-related safety practices. The agency has developed and successfully promoted its officer traffic safety program and, in doing so, achieved employee buy-in and program acceptance. The program has successfully increased officer safety related to traffic and made strides towards reducing traffic-related injuries or deaths while building a culture focused on traffic safety measures.
The Officer Traffic Safety category features programs that have increased officer seat-belt usage, increased the use of visibility gear, or provided enhanced driver’s training. The Officer Traffic Safety category also includes innovations to restrict mobile digital computer (MDC) usages at higher speeds, modifications to interior patrol vehicle design, or implementation of new safety technologies.
Law Enforcement Officer Motor Vehicle Safety: Findings From a Statewide Survey
Research on occupational motor-vehicle operations has focused largely on transportation workers. Significant gaps exist in the research among emergency service personnel, including law enforcement officers (LEOs). Even though motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatality among LEOs, data on current motor-vehicular injury and crash trends are scant.
The mission of Below 100 is to influence law enforcement culture by providing innovative training and awareness through presentations, social media, and webinars on identifying the leading causes of and current trends in preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries.
The Police Foundation, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice and other law enforcement organizations, has developed a voluntary, nondisciplinary reporting system that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share “close calls” or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect others from similar incidents.
Keep Officers Safe on the Road
Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of on-the-job deaths for law enforcement officers in the United States. This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health resource, co-branded with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, recommends ways that officers can prevent crashes and injuries.