Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for law enforcement officers. Missing person cases can impact a law enforcement officer’s mental health and wellness, particularly in long-term missing cases. Below are resources that can support officer safety and wellness, including a vicarious trauma toolkit with a specific section for law enforcement.
- The National Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW) Group from the COPS Office 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.
- Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary: Addressing Four OSW Pillars in Smaller and Rural Communities is meeting summary that addresses safety and tactical care, training and proper equipment, promoting physical and supporting mental wellness.
- The International Association of Chiefs of Police Officer Safety and Wellness page is a collection of resources supporting the safety, health, and wellness of officers. Use these resources to develop comprehensive officer safety and wellness strategies.
Developing Wellness Efforts in Law Enforcement Agencies
- The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit from the Office for Victims of Crime provides tools and resources for professionals exposed to the traumatic experiences of other people — known as vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement and other allied professionals.
- The Wellness Provider Vetting Guide provides recommended guidelines for identifying and selecting wellness providers for law enforcement professionals and their families. With step-by-step checklists, the guide lists topics for consideration when choosing a provider, program or wellness product.