The recent rash of line of duty deaths of officers from around the U.S. and around the world underscores the necessity for the law enforcement profession to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards line of duty deaths, says Police Chief Craig Steckler of Fremont, Ca., new president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Four officers died in just the past week, Steckler says.
The IACP has launched a Center for Officer Safety and Wellness, which Steckler says "will work to protect law enforcement officers from the threats and dangers inherent in policing. It will foster a culture of safety and wellness within our profession that will allow law enforcement leaders to demonstrate that officer safety and wellness is our top priority." Attorney General Eric Holder cited the center in an address to the IACP annual convention, which
concluded last week in San Diego.