NLEOMF highlights achievements in officer safety, wellness

The program's goal is to decrease factors that hurt officers and recognize agencies that have implemented innovative programs

By Suzie Ziegler 

WASHINGTON — For the seventh year running, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is highlighting agency-level achievements in the areas of officer safety and wellness as part of its Destination Zero Program, according to a release Sunday. 

The goal of the program is to decrease factors that hurt law enforcement officers and recognize agencies that have implemented innovative programs so that best practices can be shared with the entire law enforcement community. 

Each year, agencies with effective programs in four areas of officer safety are asked to submit details of their initiatives. The National Officer Safety and Wellness Awards are then presented at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's annual conference in Washington, D.C. 

After an evaluation process, the NLEOMF announced the following 2021 winners: 

  • General Officer Safety: West Carrolton, Ohio, Police Department 

  • Officer Traffic Safety: Harris County, Texas, Constable Precinct 5 

  • Officer Wellness: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department 

  • Comprehensive Officer Safety: Oxford, Alabama, Police Department  

“We would like to congratulate our winners for 2021, as well as extend our appreciation to all agencies who participated in the program this year,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in a statement. “Through these collaborative efforts, we hope to more effectively share best practices across agencies to provide more tools for the officers who serve our communities to be safer on the job.” 

The NLEOMF also acknowledged the efforts of the following finalists: 

General Officer Safety Finalists 

  • National Institutes of Health Police Department (MD) 

Officer Wellness Finalists 

  • Sioux City (IA) Police Department 

  • Miami Beach (FL) Police Department 

  • Norfolk (VA) Police Department 

  • McHenry Conservation District Police (IL) 

  • La Mesa (CA) Police Department 

Comprehensive Safety Finalists 

  • Fort Smith (AR) Police Department 

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