Law enforcement officers can spend a lot of time on the road, getting in and out of patrol vehicles. They require equipment and technologies to keep them safe while on the job. According to Making it Safer: An Analysis of U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Between (2010-2016), a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), there were 46 traffic-related fatalities in 2017. There have been 31 automobile crashes, of which 14 were single-vehicle crashes and ten officers struck and killed. Five officers died in motorcycle crashes. In addition the report states that preliminary information indicates that in at least seven of the automobile crashes, officers were not wearing their seatbelt.
Find publications that have resulted from NIJ funding, from NLECTC projects or from other Department of Justice programs or offices here:
- February 2016 Special Issue on Traffic Safety, TechBeat, Feb. 2016
- Easing Distracted Driving by Police in Fort Wayne, TechBeat, Jan./Feb. 2015
- Pursuit Technology Impact Assessment, Version 1.1, January 2017
- SAVER Program Assesses Equipment for First Responders, TechBeat, Nov./Dec. 2014
- Utah Agency Convert Former Military Vehicle for Use as an Ambulance, TechBeat, Nov./Dec. 2014