Walter McNeil: thanks, Dr. Laub for that satisfactory introduction. Just right morning. It’s certainly an honor to be here with you and to be chosen to average one of these distinct panel. Might be you already know after 30 years of law enforcement that officer defense is anything that is near and costly to my heart. Alas for me, i have had the party to have some 4 officers underneath my command die within the line of duty. It absolutely is something that we work to do all we can to hinder. Additionally, i’m very proud of the work of NIJ and the IACP, above all in watching at this trouble from a partnering perspective and bringing this obstacle to a factor of force as we attempt to care for the problems and options to the quite a lot of problems and problems. The body of work and the research that is done by NIJ, the system of insurance policies, the seem at the science of criminology, technological advances, and looking at such matters as body armor have been major in our efforts to maintain officer safeguard problems. Surely all of these things are essential priorities if we will do our great to cut down the quantity of officers killed and are injured within the line of responsibility. As you might be know, some 53,000 law enforcement officers had been assaulted in 2010. Final 12 months, we had some thing in the magnitude of 177 officers who misplaced their lives. That is a 16-percent develop from 2010. Seventy-two of those officers killed have been feloniously assaulted. So far this year we now have had 36 police officers who have died either by means of assaults or in traffic crashes. For me, the major dilemma has been what are we doing about that and mainly what’s the IACP doing about those situations. I’m completely happy to share with you this morning that the first priority of the IACP for the duration of this 12 months has been to focal point on officer security. It can be been an ongoing priority of the group for many years. To deal with officer security, we also comprehend that we can’t do that work by myself. It requires partnerships just like the one we have now here with NIJ. We are presently partnered with the national regulation Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, DuPont company and the Bureau of Justice help, together with the FBI law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted software, and plenty of more leading officer safeguard corporations. With these companions we’re addressing all points of officer safeguard. First and important, the 50,000 officers feloniously assaulted each year and the 72 killed by means of assaults in 2011. Certainly one of our predominant initiatives is to curb these deaths and slash these deaths in applications like Saved by the Vest via the DuPont manufacturer. I’ve you noted in up to date years, over 3,000 officers have now not died, and they’ve now not died on the grounds that the bullet struck the vest alternatively of their bodies. We in the IACP have recently created the center for the Prevention of Violence against Police to be trained prison assaults and provide steerage to the discipline in phrases of how we will decrease assaults against law enforcement officials. We are working rough on site visitors security. With sixty six officer fatalities in 2011, this challenge has no longer gone away. Perhaps one of the vital problems that we’re tackling in the IACP that some have mentioned they’d alternatively no longer see us sort out has been the dilemma of police officer suicides. Suicides continue to take a colossal toll on police departments across the country, with over one hundred fifty officers dying by means of their own palms in 2011. To address this tragic loss, i’m proud to announce we’re joining forces — we, the IACP — are becoming a member of forces with the cops place of business on a countrywide officer suicide prevention initiative with a backside-up line standpoint, and we’re watching at making sure that mental health and health are a key center of attention in all 18,000 legislation enforcement organizations across this country. Our belief is that in the event you can not talk about mental health problems, then it can be just about not possible to get help. Persons, watching at all of the accidents, 1000s of officers damage in phrases of injuries to their backs, sprained ankles, in an annual way, we’re additionally conducting an officer harm study with BJA to check how these injuries may also be lowered by means of policy and training. All these initiatives at IACP fall beneath the flagship effort of our officer safeguard and wellbeing initiative that we very fondly consult with as mission secure protect. To that extent, let me factor out Scott Brian, project supervisor — Scott, why do not you stand up and let individuals see you — and Steve Fender, challenge Coordinator with the IACP countrywide center for the Prevention of Violence against Police. I wanted them to face so you will discover who they are in order that perhaps you get an possibility someday at present, perhaps after this session, to engage them in some conversation concerning the excellent matters that we’re doing to take a look at to save lots of lives of our guys and women throughout this nation who attempt to patrol and police our communities. What is that this panel here this morning about? I’m occupied with this panel. I’ve had the good fortune this morning of having some conversation with all of our panelists right here, and i’m rather eager about what they’re going to share with us in these days. At present we are going to be discussing probably the most NIJ’s most promising work to cut down shootings and traffic-associated fatalities, which might be consistently the leading causes of officer line- of-obligation deaths, and what may also be performed to beef up police officer wellness, which is inextractably linked with officer security. I’m very proud this morning to have the dignity and the privilege of introducing our panelists. First, now we have Dr. Bryan Vila, Professor at Washington State school, Spokane, Washington. Secondly, we have Dr. Carrick Williams, companion Professor at Mississippi State university, Starkville, Mississippi. We’ve with us Dr. Karen Amendola, Chief operating Officer, Police basis, Washington, D.C., and a person that I simply had an possibility to satisfy this morning who’s going to talk to us about police officer suicides, and that’s Dr. John Violanti, research Professor, institution of Buffalo, Buffalo, ny. 142 00:09:03,740 –> 00:01:31,382 .