Opportunities to Enhance the Health and Well-Being of the Department of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Workforce: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief


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On January 17 and 18, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop focused on enhancing the health and well-being of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) law enforcement workforce. The workshop featured presentations and discussions on the operational stressors and environments faced by the DHS law enforcement workforce, and strategies that can be used to address these stressors and promote overall health and well-being. The workshop, which included representatives from DHS’ component agencies and health offices, incorporated perspectives from front line operators; mental health support personnel; academic researchers focused on resilience, mindfulness, and other related areas; state and local law enforcement agencies using innovative approaches to health and well-being; and DHS employees focused on program implementation.