Police and Firefighters

Policework and Law Enforcement

Date Added Resource Source
Jun 2016

National Officer Safety Group


The National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group brings together representatives from law enforcement, federal agencies, and the research community to address the significantly high number of officer gunfire fatalities and to improve officer safety and wellness.

(U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs)
Aug 2015

NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Motor-vehicle safety of law enforcement officers


NIOSH has several research activities and publications focusing on motor-vehicle safety among law enforcement officers. Law enforcement agencies and officers can use the following information to reduce crashes and motor-vehicle related fatalities.

Feb 2015

Take Charge of your Safety in and around your Patrol Vehicle


There are five simple things you can do to take control of your safety inside and outside of the patrol car.

Aug 2012

NIOSH Science Blog: Stress and Health in Law Enforcement


A brief overview of the research featured in the special issue focusing on stress and health in law enforcement follows.

Aug 2012

Stress and Health in Law Enforcement


The results presented in the special issue confirm and extend previous research on police officers. Information gained through the BCOPS study and other related investigations may be useful not only to aid further investigation of the health status of police officers, but may also be relevant for other high stress, first responder occupations.

Feb 2011

NIOSH Science Blog: Cops and Cars


This month's science blog discusses law enforcement work and motor vehicle safety.

Nov 2010

VALOR (Violence Against Law Officer Research) Project


The goal of the VALOR (Violence Against Law Officer Research) Project is to EMPOWER OFFICERS and SAVE LIVES through evidence-based research.

(Valor Project)
Aug 2009

New Meth Formula Avoids Anti-Drug Laws


This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a two-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals.

May 2009

Preventing Occupational Exposures to Lead and Noise at Indoor Firing Ranges (April 2009)


This Alert presents five case reports that document lead and noise exposures of law enforcement officers and students. The Alert examines firing range operations, exposure assessment and control methods, existing regulations, and exposure standards and guidelines.

Jun 2008

NIOSH Science Blog - Police and Stress


By the nature of their jobs, many police officers face tremendous stress on a daily basis. Research has shown that police officers are at increased risk for cardiovascular events and may face an increased risk for suicide. Yet, police officers are in general an understudied occupational group. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), together with colleagues at the University at Buffalo (UB), is studying the effects of policing and stress on adverse metabolic and early stage (subclinical) cardiovascular outcomes with the ultimate goal of preventing these and other stress-related disorders.

Sep 2006

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Bicycle Saddles and Reproductive Health


Over the last several years, NIOSH researchers have investigated the potential health effects of prolonged bicycling in police bicycle patrol units, including the possibility that some bicycle saddles exert excessive pressure on the urogenital area of cyclists, restricting blood flow to the genitals.

Mar 2006

Occupational Health and Safety Risks Faced by Police Officers (PDF)


Police officers face a range of risks at work: homicide, assaults, communicable diseases, injuries during car crashes and regular abuse. This paper is based on a comprehensive international literature review of police occupational health and safety, and identifies key risk factors.

(Australian Institute of Criminology)
Mar 2006

Job-Related Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first recognized as a diagnostic category in the 1980 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM III) and initially was created to describe the dramatically altered functioning of traumatized American soldiers who had served in combat zones.

Oct 2005

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Indoor Firing Ranges


This page provides links to information about the evaluation, measurement, and control of noise and airborne lead exposures at indoor firing ranges.

Jan 2003

Police/Law Enforcement Officer: International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation