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To learn more about the Blue Courage philosophy, visit The Heart & Mind of the Guardian.

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The Blue Courage Team

For a listing and bios on the Blue Courage Team, visit Blue Courage Delivery & Development Team.

In partnership with BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), Blue Courage has been delivered separately in stand-alone classes to police departments throughout the country. For further information on NTTAC and Blue Courage, visit law enforcement training.

Following are additional training and technical assistance sponsored or funded by BJA to support law enforcement officer safety and wellbeing:

  • VALOR is a comprehensive training effort that provides all levels of law enforcement with tools to help prevent violence against law enforcement officers and enhance officer, safety, wellness, and resiliency.
  • Destination Zero is an initiative from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to improve the safety and wellness of law enforcement officers. Its primary goal is to create a platform that provides all U.S. law enforcement agencies with the ability to research successful and/or promising officer safety and wellness programs and identify the resources necessary to begin their own risk management initiatives.
  • Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI) is an online training and resource center. Its restricted-access website addresses the various needs of law enforcement officers, commanders, and executive leaders involved in the administration and operation of task forces on officer safety, operations planning, risk management, and other topics.
  • Prevention of Violence Against the Police is a partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to address how felonious assaults against law enforcement can be prevented. The program develops and disseminates resources and information to assist in preventing violence against law enforcement.
  • Reducing Officer Injuries worked to identify and document the causes and magnitude of officers’ injuries as well as bring about awareness to the importance of officer wellness. The project provides training and information on how agencies can track their officers’ injuries and use the data to determine the need for policy or procedural changes to help reduce officer injuries. Additionally, the project brings awareness to wellness topics such as the importance of nutrition by providing resources that law enforcement can use to improve wellness.
  • In Harms’ Way: Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention focuses on law enforcement suicide prevention training and resources for officers and agencies. It aims to decrease suicide among law enforcement by increasing the probability that officers contemplating suicide will seek help from mental health professionals. Examples of resources include a law enforcement suicide prevention toolkit with downloadable templates of materials to assist in presenting a suicide prevention training in an agency, reducing the stigma of requesting help, and encouraging officers to support one another.
  • Officer Safety and Wellness Group, a partnership between the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and BJA, focused on reducing officer deaths and addressing officer wellness issues. It held several meetings to discuss and contribute to the creation of officer safety and wellness tools and resources. It encourages adoption of cultures of safety and wellness in our nation’s law enforcement agencies. Topics discussed included: Officer Deaths and Injuries from Gunfire, Psychological Health and Suicide, Leadership and Creating a Culture of Wellness, and Motor Vehicle Operations and Reducing Officer Deaths and injuries.
  • Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) is a unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the PSOB Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, as well as disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The BJA PSOB Office reviews the claims submitted on behalf of our nation’s fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.

Publications and CD-ROM

Pam Cammarata
Chief of Staff
202-514-9193
E-mail: Pam.Cammarata@ojp.usdoj.gov

Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit, BJA-Sponsored, June 2017. This toolkit was created to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.
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