Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,000,000)
BJAs National Officer Safety Initiatives Program addresses a priority of the DOJ and through this award program will fund innovative approaches to augment law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. The following activities will be accomplished under these awards: 1) the consortium to prevent law enforcement suicide will examine the threats and issues surrounding law enforcement suicide and design recommendations and solutions to address them; 2) the law enforcement traffic safety program will develop a TTA program to address various issues related to law enforcement traffic safety and the causes of law enforcement injuries and deaths; and 3) the Supporting the Blue public awareness campaign will develop and implement a national campaign using all forms of media to educate the public about law enforcement and promote support and positive messaging about our nations officers.
The purpose of Category 1 is to convene a national consortium of experts and stakeholder organizations and associations in the field of officer safety and wellness with a particular focus on law enforcement suicide. The objectives of the consortium will be to closely examine (at a national level) the threats and issues surrounding law enforcement suicide and provide recommendations and solutions to address those issues. This will include examining the need for policy and protocol changes, including succinct and timely information by peers in the aftermath of an officer suicide; current mythologies and stigmas surrounding the topic of law enforcement suicide; and the challenges and impediments to improving and advancing awareness, the national conversation, and services available to law enforcement and their families (including education and support to families).