July | 2022
Spotlight on Traffic Safety
The Officer Safety and Wellness team of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund continues to create relevant and timely programming attendant to the needs of American law enforcement. These advances are influenced in large part by proprietary data collected, which is included in the much-anticipated mid-year and end-of-year NLEOMF Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Reports. This data, and the trends identified within it, are then coupled with the vast resources contained in our Destination Zero repository, emerging technology, and subject matter experts to produce an effective solutions-based approach to safety. The NLEOMF Officer Safety and Wellness team is excited to announce an upcoming program, which is a remarkable example of this process at work.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and our sponsor, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, will be hosting a first-of-its-kind National Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Summit on July 28, 2022, at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C to discuss the dramatic rise in officers being struck and killed while working on the nation’s roadways. This summit brings together a wide array of 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, the use of seatbelts, high-visibility reflective vests, vehicle lighting, and markings. This summit is a call to action for all law enforcement agencies, and the goal of this event is to create awareness of critical issues and to present law enforcement leaders with strategies and recommendation on how to improve safety and reduce risks faced by first responders.
According to the 2021 NLEOMF End-of Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatality Report, last year this nation saw the highest number of peace officers struck and killed by vehicles on record. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is responsible for honoring those fallen officers by adding their names to the walls of our Memorial each year. The NLEOMF, in cooperation with NHTSA and our sponsors, continue to work together to improve safety, survivability, and share data with unwavering determination to “Keep names off of the wall.”
The National Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Summit will be an in-person event, live streamed at no cost to attendees whether they attend on site at the Museum or participate virtually. The Summit will open with remarks from selected members from Congress and the United States Department of Transportation, followed by a series of presentations and panel discussions.
There will be presentations from the NLEOMF 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 (NIOSH) 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), the National Troopers Coalition (NTC), and the National Organization of Black Law Executives (NOBLE).
We look forward to you joining us on July 28th!
Executive Director, Officer Safety and Wellness
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund