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Officer Wellness and Safety

Pillar 6: Officer Wellness and Safety

The objective of Pillar 6 is to ensure the wellness and safety of our officers as it is critical not only to themselves, their co-workers, and the department but also to public safety.


Action Items

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6.1.1-Engage the officers through communication and surveys to share concerns and issues.

Bureau Responsible

Chief's Office


Timeline and Status

This action item is continuous.


 Date Status
January 2017
  • Conducted the Tacoma Police internal employee survey of Field Training Officers, Sergeants and recent new hires regarding status of the program by the Strategic Plan Employee Satisfaction Team. Questions were vetted through the Command Staff for input and refinement.
  • Conducted several Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) debriefings for all department members after the line of duty death of Tacoma Police Officer Gutierrez
April 2017
  • Started the Employee Satisfaction Survey
June 2017
  • Most employees went through the interactive survey process
  • All newly hired entry-level and lateral officers received Peer Support Introduction & Training during their Post Academy training




6.1.2-Research law enforcement best practices in the area of officer wellness and safety along with ways to encourage healthy work/life balance.


Bureau Responsible

Administrative Services Bureau


Timeline and Status

This action item is continuous.


 Date Status
September 2016
  • Police Officers, Detectives and Sergeants received access to participate in the City of Tacoma Employee Wellness Program known as Redbrick
  • Incorporated Officer Wellness and Safety as part of the Strategic Plan
  • Established an Officer Wellness Working Group
  • Partnering with University of Washington Tacoma for a survey
May 2017

University of Washington Tacoma survey conducted

June 2017 Created a community resource phone directory to include wellness resource information for offices
July 2017 Working on final proposal regarding an enhancement to the employee wellness program
August 2017 Through a COPS Grant, Indianapolis Police Department will provide an eight-hour informational session on their Officer Wellness Program (visit was canceled due to funding)
September 2017 Wellness committee submitted final proposal which included a recommendation for a contract psychologist and requested a mid-biennium adjustment to fund the program