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2018 Comprehensive Safety Finalist
Greenfield (WI) Police Department
Each year every officer in the Greenfield Police Department (GPD) is given a day off to attend an individual debriefing with a trained law enforcement psychologist to discuss the traumas and stresses of the job. The psychologist may provide additional resources and referrals as needed and the GPD pay for all costs associated with the debriefing.
Recognizing that the profession and the demands of shift work often lead to unhealthy eating habits, the Department provides unlimited access to healthy snacks and drinks including water, juices, vitamin waters, teas etc. completely free of charge. GPD created a system where the vending machines which have healthy snacks such as; bars, trail mix, etc. are free and unhealthy snacks such as salty snacks, cookies etc. require payment.
In collaboration with the health insurance provider, the GPD provided physical fitness incentives for reaching certain fitness goals as well as wellness incentives for annual physicals and biometric screenings. Because of the high percentage of injuries related to the profession, the Department enlisted the services of an injury management “Navigator”. Officers will contact the Navigator who can usually secure an appointment with a specialist and obtain diagnostic imaging the same day or next-day.
The Department provided all officers with tactical tourniquets, clotting agent and occlusive dressings. More than one-fourth of officers have been trained and certified in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care; all officers also carry the opioid antagonist naloxone to be used in the event of an accidental overdose.