April | 2022
Spotlight on Destination Zero
The Officer Safety and Wellness pillar of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) exists to improve and enhance the lives of our nation’s officers by offering intensive law enforcement programming designed to improve safety, survivability, resilience, and holistic wellness. This is achieved through a variety of partnerships and systems. One of these comprehensive programs is Destination Zero.
The primary goals of the Destination Zero Program are to provide all U.S. law enforcement agencies with the ability to research successful best-practice officer safety and wellness programs, to identify the resources necessary to begin their own risk management initiatives, and to recognize the agencies that excel in creating a culture of safety and wellness.
Once each year, after the Destination Zero staff has spent months working with agencies to optimize their submissions, we prepare executive summaries of each program and bring together our annual Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is an esteemed group of current and former law enforcement executives from a diversity of agencies who have successfully implemented officer safety and wellness initiatives themselves. After determining finalists, the winners are announced through a nationwide press release. Those winning agencies are recognized at the Destination Zero National Officer Safety and Wellness Awards Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Museum during Police Weekend each October. Representatives from each winning agency are brought to Washington, DC for the ceremony where professionally produced winner videos are premiered, and their citations read.
From rural agencies with less than a dozen sworn officers to our nation’s largest municipal, county, and state police departments, each year Destination Zero works to bring forward the preeminent officer safety and wellness resources to our nation’s law enforcement heroes. The DZ Program, coupled with information from the NLEOMF proprietary database, provides law enforcement administrators, supervisors, trainers, and rank and file officers with the necessary tools to survive the mental and physical demands of the job.
Our mission within the Officer Safety and Wellness pillar is to keep names off the wall and to make it safer for those who serve.
Executive Director, Officer Safety and Wellness
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund