The Destination Zero Officer Safety and Wellness Conference is a bi-annual gathering of law enforcement officials who are dedicated to improving the safety and wellness of their employees. Destination Zero is a program of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. This year’s conference, managed by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), will feature prominent keynote speakers, two live panel discussions, the 2020 National Officer Safety and Wellness awards ceremony, and sessions featuring past Destination Zero national award winners and finalists. These virtual officer safety and wellness workshops are designed to assist agencies with beginning or enhancing their local initiatives to keep officers safe, mentally and physically healthy, and emotionally resilient.
Conference attendance is free.
2020 Safety and Wellness Awards Ceremony
The Destination Zero conference will feature a virtual broadcast of the 2020 Safety and Wellness Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Verizon. This year the awards will be presented by Principal Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and the Department of Justice. Awards will be presented to law enforcement agencies for General Officer Safety, Traffic Safety, Officer Wellness, and Comprehensive Officer Safety and Wellness.
Impactful Sessions and Critical Takeaways
Session 1: Improving General Officer Safety
The first session of the day will highlight general officer safety, including the use of new ballistic equipment, active shooter training, firearms proficiency, and even the use of drones for foot chases and search and rescue efforts.
Session 2: Improving Officer Traffic Safety
This session will focus on traffic safety. Presenters discuss various safe driving tips, traffic safety policies, crash reduction programs, and mandatory safe driving training. Law enforcement leaders and community traffic safety activists will be featured in this session.
Session 3: Improving Wellness and Resiliency
This session will feature officer/agency wellness. Topics such as fitness tests, cognitive re-framing, and stress reduction will be discussed by a cardiologist, a mental health professional, a wellness expert, and agency executives.
Session 4: Live Panel Discussion on Policing During These Unprecedented Times
Pandemic, Protests and Policing in 2020: Strategies for Mental and Physical Well-being is a live panel discussion featuring experts from the medical and mental health communities as well as officer safety and wellness proponents to discuss how agencies can increase the resiliency of officers in this turbulent time.
Session 5: Live Panel Discussion on Destination Zero, How to Submit, and Keys to Success
Members of the Destination Zero team and past winners will present valuable information during this live panel discussion on applying for the National Officer Safety and Wellness awards and accessing the Destination Zero Safety Resources Center.