Anti-fatigue measures could cut cop deaths 15 percent, researcher claims.

Dr. Bryan Vila, a former 17-year veteran street cop in…

Dr. Bryan Vila, a former 17-year veteran street cop in Los Angeles, says that a mix of poor personal habits and arbitrary agency policies are putting officers at risk

A leading sleep researcher argues that officer deaths from vehicle accidents and violent attacks could be cut by at least 15 percent — “a pretty darned conservative estimate”—if the problem of police fatigue was seriously addressed.

As it is, he claims, a toxic mix of poor personal habits and arbitrary agency policies is creating a “large pool of officers at risk.”

These assertions come from Dr. Bryan Vila, a former 17-year veteran street cop in Los Angeles who now directs the Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks laboratory in Washington State University’s Sleep & Performance Research Center in Spokane. Author of the landmark book Tired Cops, Vila spoke at the latest IACP annual conference as a panelist discussing “Strategies for Promoting Officer Safety by Managing Fatigue and Work Hours.”

Source: Police One

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