National call for law enforcement agencies to submit examples of successful safety programs

The Destination Zero program begins its fourth year of soliciting submissions for the National Officer Safety and Wellness Awards. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), in partnership with the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, is seeking successful strategies that law enforcement agencies have developed and deployed to help keep officers safe and healthy. This initiative is one part of a continuing collaboration to improve officer safety and wellness.

The Destination Zero program started in 2014 and is a clearinghouse of information on safety and wellness programs that have been effectively put in place in law enforcement agencies across the country. The program shares a myriad of information on www.DestinationZero.org.

There are four categories in which an agency can submit its safety or wellness program for consideration to win a National Officer Safety and Wellness Award.

  • General Officer Safety: This category deals with increasing the physical safety of officers by providing them with enhanced equipment, lifesaving first aid Logo NLEOMF Round fwgear or training to improve the safety of officers as they handle crime scenes or large incidents.
  • Officer Traffic Safety: This category is seeking those programs that specifically address driving safety and training to reduce crashes, such as an increased use of seatbelts and prudent driving strategies. These programs often include marketing and outreach efforts that remind officers of the necessity to use caution and wear their seatbelts.
  • Officer Wellness: This category encompasses a range of strategies that improve the physical and mental health of officers to support them and their families better as they perform physically- and emotionally-demanding jobs. Submissions in this category are initiatives that promote fitness, resilience and overall wellbeing. The Wellness category includes programs that involve peer support, counseling resources, as well as meditation and mindfulness.
  • Comprehensive Safety: This classification is for agencies that have an overarching safety strategy, which improves safety and wellness at every level. The departments submitting programs in this category should have tactical safety improvements, a driving safety component, and programs that support fitness, mental health and create an overall culture of safety within the organization.

Michigan Association of Police members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Michigan Active Assailant Conference (MAAC) Sept. 13-14, 2017 in Troy, Michigan.

The conference will provide firsthand collaborative law enforcement and fire service debriefs of some of the largest active assailant incidents ever including: the recent tragedies in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Paris, Washington DC, and others. The event is being hosted by Farmington Hills Fire Department, Farmington Hills Police Department, Troy Police Department, Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium (OakTac), and Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS).

Retired Texas Ranger Ramiro Martinez, one of the Austin Police Officers who heroically ascended the University of Texas clock tower in 1966 and confronted the offender during that infamous incident, will be discussing the events of that tragic day.

This conference has been submitted to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for use of approved funds, State 911 Committee for use of dispatcher training funds, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for 16 hours of approved EMS continuing education.

For more information, click here for the registration form or please call Farmington Hills Fire Department EMS Coordinator Jim Etzin at (248) 871-2807 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held on Thursdays and Fridays at the MAP Office. The Seminars, being conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.Seminars on Aug. 24 and Oct. 13, 2017 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on Sept. 28 and Nov. 17, 2017. Each Seminar begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

These Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to make reservations.

Michigan Association of Police (MAP) members are encouraged to attend a fundraising event for Wounded Warrior Project and Spartan Warrior Project at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

Michigan Community Project is hosting yoga Instructor Dan Nevins, a bilateral lower extremity amputee from the war in Iraq, as a guest speaker at Yoga at the Breslin on July 22, 2017. Nevin's inspiring message will be of interest to police and firefighters. He has been highlighted on national TV, commercials for Wounded Warrior, and even a subject of former President George W. Bush’s painting.

Nevins will be joined by local community yoga leaders to provide meditation and yoga. This event is open to the public and accessible to both yogis and non-yogis alike. Wheelchair and chair yoga will be available to those unable to practice on a mat.

Even if you are not interested in doing “yoga,” attendees can buy tickets to hear Nevin's speak.

Gates and registration open at 12:30 p.m. Local vendors and businesses will be located in the concourse highlighting the Greater Lansing community. The speaking engagement will commence at 2 p.m. followed by a 60-minute meditation and yoga practice. General Admission ticket includes admission to Breslin Center, speaking engagement and yoga practice for $30. Seating Only ticket includes admission to Breslin Center and a seat to listen to speaking engagement and view the meditation and yoga practice for $10.

Proceeds benefit Michigan Community Project, Wounded Warrior Project and Spartan Warrior Project to promote & provide yoga and meditation throughout Michigan.

Click here for more event information.

For more information on Dan Nevins, please visit www.dannevins.com. For more information on Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org

The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball  with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund are hosting the 6th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

The Detroit Tigers and the Memorial Fund have teamed up to show their appreciation for the men and women of Michigan who serve as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, public safety and first responders. Public safety personnel, their friends, family and the general public are invited to the game between the Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m.

Discounted Ticket Packages start at $30.00 and every ticket includes a limited edition Detroit Tigers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin and a $10.00 donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund:

Ticket package includes:

Upper Box Infield Ticket
Upper Reserved Infield
Upper Grandstand

Click here for more information and to order tickets.

For groups of 15 or more please contact Betsy Bouillon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.