Injured On Duty

The fact is most of us accept injuries as part of the job. High stress events - chasing suspects on foot, wrestling and subduing non-compliant subjects - it’s all part of police work.

So what’s the takeaway from this landmark study? It seems clear that we’re on our way to quantifying and demonstrating the importance of being fit, whereas before we could only speculate or give anecdotal evidence. Granted, the study monitored less than 1% of all LEOs, but I believe this study produced a thumbnail sketch of what’s happening on the street. The authors feel a reporting system similar to the FBI’s LEOKA annual report is required to track injury patterns and how to prevent them. I agree.

Moreover, the importance of having a department fitness program, one that is enforceable and monitored, is of paramount importance. The cost effectiveness of fit programs is undeniable, when compared to the money and time lost for IODs. If you have a fitness regime - stick to it. If not, please begin one - NOW.

Stay safe, brothers and sisters!


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John M. Wills spent 33 years in law enforcement as a Chicago Police Officer and FBI Special Agent (Ret). He is a Freelance Writer and Speaker whose third book, TARGETED, is now available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Contact John through his website:

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