Pillar Six - Officer Safety and Wellness
In this pillar, the Task Force focused on many of the issues that impact and are impacted by officer wellness and safety, focusing on strategies in several areas: physical, mental, and emotional health; vehicular accidents; officer suicide; shootings and assaults; and the partnerships with social services, unions, and other organizations that can support solutions.
ETPD Action on Pillar Six
The demands of the law enforcement profession can be emotionally difficult and demanding. These demands expose the men and women of law enforcement to the risk of experiencing stress and related emotional difficulties. An employee assistance program has been created to assist employees who are suffering from problems or issues that tend to jeopardize the employee’s psychological and/or physical well-being. In extreme situations, these issues may present a danger to the welfare and safety of the individual officer, their family, the general public or co-workers.
This directive is designed to help employees who have developed problems by providing services for consultation, treatment and rehabilitation in order to prevent their condition from progressing to a degree that it will prevent the individual from functioning effectively in the workplace.
The below 100 Officer Safety Program is based off of Five Tenants:
1. Always wear your seatbelt.
2. Always wear your ballistic vest.
3. Always watch your speed when driving a patrol vehicle.
4. WIN- What’s important now!
5. Remember- complacency kills.