NLEOMF highlights achievements in officer safety, wellness

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

By Police1 Staff

WASHINGTON — For the seventh year running, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund highlighted officer safety and wellness best practices as part of its Destination Zero Program. 

The program aims to decrease the causal factors that injure and kill 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.

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. “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 agencies were highlighted during the Destination Zero Officer Safety and Wellness Conference, which was held virtually from the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2021, as part of events for Police Weekend 2021.

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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