National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to Host Critical Traffic Safety Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22, 2022) – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), today announced they will host a first-ever Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Summit on Thursday, July 28, to discuss the dramatic rise in officers being struck and killed while working on the nation’s roadways.

“In 2021, 28 police officers were struck and killed by vehicles while performing their duties. This is a 100% increase from 2020, and the highest number on record,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Our goal with the Traffic Safety Summit is to create greater awareness of the persistent dangers officers face while operating on our nation’s roadways, and to promote a stronger culture of safety within all law enforcement agencies in the United States and its territories.”

NLEOMF is bringing together high-profile thought leaders, traffic safety experts, and government officials to present and discuss the most pressing issues in law enforcement traffic safety—specifically struck-by crashes, single-vehicle crashes, and the use of seatbelts and hi visibility reflective vest as well as vehicle markings. Presenters and panelists will discuss the current situation and promote ways to better protect our nation’s officers as they manage crash scenes, enforce traffic law, and apprehend fleeing suspects.

This free to the public, single-day event will be held in the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Verizon Theater with in-person seating, and it will also be live-streamed.

The Summit will open with remarks from selected members from Congress and the United States Department of Transportation, which will be followed by a series of 45-minute presentations and panel discussions that outline a review of the current data as a discussion point to address issues, find solutions and propose set of universal recommendations that will be shared with the law enforcement community on proving vehicle and roadside safety throughout the country.

There will be presentations from the NLEOMF’s Officer Safety and Wellness team, the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, Below-100, the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and Mr. Gordon Graham, a renowned expert in risk management, and police operations. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the National Policing Institute’s National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP), and the National Troopers Coalition (NTC).

To register for the National Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Summit or for more information, visit https://nleomf.org/officer-safety-and-wellness/traffic-summit/

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

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