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The Valor Initiative

The VALOR Initiative

The Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative is an effort to improve the immediate and long-term safety, wellness, and resilience of law enforcement officers. Through a multifaceted approach that includes delivering no-cost training and professional education, conducting research, developing and providing resources, and establishing partnerships that benefit law enforcement officers, VALOR seeks to provide our nation’s law enforcement officers with innovative, useful, and valuable resources.

VALOR is continuously evolving to address the various issues, concerns, and trends that law enforcement officers face and integrates the latest research and practices to address all aspects of officer safety, wellness, and performance. These issues continue to emerge and can have a direct effect on an officer’s ability to prevent or survive the rigorous challenges and threats that he or she may face in the line of duty.

The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are dedicated to helping our law enforcement officers and the communities that they serve to stay safe and well. Because officer safety and community safety are intrinsically bound, requiring a strong and positive partnership, VALOR provides a holistic approach to addressing law enforcement officers’ needs and to building those strong and positive partnerships with the communities that they serve.

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VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program (VALOR Program) delivers current, dynamic classroom and web-based trainings at no cost to law enforcement that focus on recognizing indicators of dangerous situations, techniques for defusing difficult encounters, implementing casualty care and rescue tactics, emphasizing professional policing standards, and improving wellness and resilience. The program also offers comprehensive resources and ready-made tools that are safety-related and topic-specific, designed to assist individual officers and agencies to create a culture of safety. Read more about the VALOR Program.

Destination Zero promotes awareness and highlights innovative and promising safety and wellness programs that can serve as models for law enforcement agencies seeking to implement similar programs. Destination Zero also recognizes the agencies that created them. Read more about the Destination Zero Program.

Officer Safety and Wellness Pilot Research and Evaluation Model Program is a coordinated research and evaluation pilot program that will assess the impact of VALOR Initiative resources delivered in three law enforcement agencies. Through this work, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) plans to identify innovations and best practices, starting in FY 2017, that can be implemented to improve officer safety and wellness programs throughout the nation. Read more about the Pilot Research Program.

The Crisis Intervention Training Program provides national training and technical assistance to enrich BJA’s justice and mental health portfolios specific to law enforcement’s response and interaction with individuals with mental illness. Read more about the Crisis Intervention Program.

The Resilience Training Program provides national training and technical assistance to identify, develop, implement, and analyze the effectiveness of resiliency concepts and skills within a law enforcement agency. This assessment will serve as the foundation of a nationally delivered resiliency law-enforcement-officer training. Read more about the Resilience Program.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation's criminal justice system. Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting-edge tools and best practices that they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. To learn more about BJA, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@DOJBJA). BJA is part of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

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