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VALOR National Coordinating Team

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,199,996)

The FY 2016 Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative -- VALOR Program -- focuses on five (5) distinct national initiatives to improve immediate and long-term health, wellness, and safety of law enforcement professionals: (1) identifying a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability Program; (2) identifying a TTA provider to deliver tactical support, on a national level to state and local law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event; (3) identifying an organization to identify, recognize, and increase awareness of officer safety and wellness best practices and programs at a national level; (4) identifying a national director/coordinator to implement and oversee the creation of an officer safety and wellness pilot research and evaluation program that will develop three pilot research and evaluation sites; and (5) identifying a TTA provider to deliver evidence-based de-escalation training and technical assistance to educate and protect state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers and improve outcomes and relationships between officers and the communities they serve.

The Police Foundation will serve as the National Coordinator for the Officer Safety and Wellness Pilot Research and Evaluation Model for the VALOR Program. This project presents a unique opportunity for three law enforcement agencies of varying sizes to implement and evaluate a comprehensive, coordinated, and complementary set of practices, programs, training, and other resources aimed at improving officer safety and wellness. While law enforcement’s primary role is to protect the public, to effectively accomplish the mission, agencies must also protect officers. The Police Foundation, an independent policing research organization with more than 45 years of experience, will support BJA in the selection of three pilot agencies; the selection of the project researcher; and the implementation of a comprehensive officer safety program with the three agencies, coordinating the provision of VALOR training and technical assistance, overseeing an evaluation of outcomes and impact, and sharing findings. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 30, 2016