DOJ releases reports focusing on safety and wellness of U.S. law enforcement
The reports focus on important steps to improving the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for the nation’s LEOs
By PoliceOne Staff
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice released two complementary reports focusing on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local and tribal police officers Wednesday.
The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, focus on important steps to improving the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for the nation’s 800,000 law enforcement officers.
"Serving as a law enforcement officer requires courage, strength, and dedication," Attorney General William P. Barr said. "The demands of this work, day in and day out, can take a toll on the health and well-being of our officers, but the Department of Justice is committed to doing our part to help.”
Under the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, the COPS Office submitted reports to Congress that addressed recommendations on effectiveness of crisis lines for officers, efficacy of annual mental health checks, expansions of peer mentoring programs and ensuring privacy for those in need of these programs.
“In this environment, where an inherently stressful job is made more so by a constant undercurrent of distrust and negative public opinion, the risks to officer wellness are exacerbated,” COPS Office Director Phil Keith said. “This report is an important measure and reflection in our ongoing commitment to protect those who protect us."