To our law enforcement family,
In light of the line-of-duty deaths of our colleagues over the last two weeks, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s VALOR Program offers our profound condolences to the families and agencies who have lost loved ones. We share in your grief.
We recognize that the law enforcement profession is inherently dangerous. Just in 2018 alone, firearms-related law enforcement deaths are up 133%, a tragic and concerning statistic. Yet, your work as law enforcement officers continues. Day in and day out, you provide invaluable public safety services to your communities, regardless of what happens to one of your own.
Your safety is of paramount importance to your family, your agency, and to the BJA VALOR Program. This safety starts before you even put your feet on the ground to prepare for your shift.
It seems that this is a good time to share a few considerations about your safety and wellness.