The briefing, organized and co-chaired by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Chris Coons, provided insight and information on the needs of law enforcement and the community when it comes to keeping officers resilient and capable of providing the support communities need. In addition to opening remarks by Senators Blunt and Coons, presenters included law enforcement and behavioral health experts.
This insightful meeting served to inform the attendees on matters attendant to the current climate in the law enforcement culture, sighted statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 2021 End-of-year Preliminary Fatality Report, discussed barriers to treatment related to stigma, and offered solutions-oriented wellness and resilience concepts.
The caucus provided viewers with an evidence based, best-practice approach related to “where we go from here” to ensure that officers throughout the nation are afforded access to wellness programs with a focus on career longevity, and beyond. The conversation provided tools with a heavy focus on psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, and emotional recommendations to make the vocation of law enforcement safer for those who serve.
The Keynote Speaker was Troy Anderson, Executive Director, Officer Safety and Wellness, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and retired director of the Connecticut State Police Trooper Wellness and Resilience Program, and presenters were Brent McGinty, President, CEO, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and Captain Jennifer D. Griffin, Ph.D., Delaware State Police.
Watch the full event below.
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.