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Physical Health

As a law enforcement officer, you know that your body is one of your greatest tools on the job. Your physical health can make all the difference when you are apprehending a subject, surviving a critical incident, and much more. However, some law enforcement officers de-prioritize their physical health and endanger themselves by not being physically prepared for the job. By eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep, you greatly increase your safety and wellness. This Spotlight on Safety campaign provides practical methods and recommendations from other law enforcement officers on how to become and remain physically fit.


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Law enforcement officers and leaders: Your ability to stay safe and healthy is paramount! The VALOR Spotlight on Safety series centers on the four leading killers of law enforcement,1 to best help you prepare for the greatest challenges you may face. By highlighting physical health, vehicle safety, mental wellness, and tactical safety, VALOR can equip you with tools to protect yourself and others on your watch.


Each VALOR Spotlight on Safety campaign contains research-based articles written by law enforcement experts, related publications, eLearning, visor cards for quick reference, and more that you can use for roll calls, in-service training, or self-directed learning. These materials are added to the Spotlight on Safety page throughout the series. Look for new item announcements on social media and then use the printable posters and smartphone wallpapers as daily reminders and to motivate yourself and others.


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Look for the hashtag #SpotlightOnSafety on Facebook and Twitter to easily share/retweet resources with fellow officers.

References

1 (Causes of Law Enforcement Deaths, n.d.)(Ruderman Family Foundation).