WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The West Carrollton Police Department announced it received an award in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Awards.
The West Carrollton Police Department was selected to receive the top award in the General Officer Safety category.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, through the Destination Zero program, announced the winners during the first day of National Police Week in 2021.
The department said it is adapting to the changing times and working hard to keep officers safe and healthy with an approach focused on physical fitness, mental fitness, spiritual fitness and emotional fitness.
A few of the programs that have been implemented by the department include:
- A modernized approach to uniforms and appearance
- Load-bearing vests
- On-duty work out program
- Crisis intervention training
- Peer support training
- A police chaplain program
- Enhanced ballistic equipment in each patrol car
The department said officers have responded positively to the programs. Each officer is able to make suggestions and bring new ideas to a recommendation committee who then presents it to the chief of police.
“Having officers return home safely, both mentally and physically, is an important consideration when implementing these programs,” said a department spokesperson. “The department fervently strives to keep pace with the advances in technology and equipment and proactively engages employees in initiatives that increase their overall wellness and safety.”