2023 NFOP Critical Issues in Policing National Survey: Focusing on Retention and Wellbeing

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Presentation Description: Law enforcement is facing a retention crisis, with officers rating staff shortages as the top source of stress among all stressors faced within their lives and careers. The 2023 Critical Issues in Policing Survey, the second such national survey of United States law enforcement conducted by the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP), gathers officer experiences and perceptions of current issues impacting law enforcement. Data gathered from the 2023 survey provides an analysis of the interplay between sources of stress for officers, organizational justice, wellness program availability, and overall employee health. Conclusions reported are designed to support agencies in clearly identifying the drivers of retention, looking across many factors but with a specific focus on how wellness is related to retention.

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe a national perspective of issues currently facing law enforcement, including retention factors and the current state of officer wellness.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify key drivers of police employee retention, and will be able to describe how officer wellness is related to retention.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to apply the findings from a national survey of law enforcement officers to their own agencies, identifying potential strategies for recruiting and retaining healthy officers.

Jacqueline Drew, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Griffith University

Dr Jacqueline M. Drew is a police scholar with the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia. Dr Drew has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, as a practitioner and researcher. She is a psychologist, holding a PhD in organizational psychology. She provides expert advice to law enforcement on organizational systems and personnel practices, including police mental health and suicide, leadership, promotion systems and women and policing. Her work has translated into training of law enforcement personnel across Australia and United States, she works with police agencies to improve operational police practice and strives to make a positive impact on the working lives of police.

Sherri Martin, MA, LPCA

National Director of Wellness Services

Fraternal Order of Police

Sherri Martin serves as the National Director of Wellness Services for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest representative organization of law enforcement officers in the United States, with over 354,000 members.  A career police officer, Sherri has extensive experience in crisis negotiation and intervention, serving most of her law enforcement career as a patrol supervisor and lead crisis negotiator.  While a member of the Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, where she served the bulk of her career, she achieved the rank of Lieutenant, and was responsible for the development of programs in the areas of officer wellness and crisis intervention within the community.  Sherri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from the Citadel, where she was chosen by faculty to receive the J. Patrick Leverett Award presented to the most outstanding graduate student in the Psychology program.   Additionally, Sherri has experience as a clinical therapist, having worked with clients suffering from PTSD and Clinical Depression during research conducted at Ralph H. Johnston Veterans Affairs Hospital in South Carolina.  She is licensed as a Professional Counselor Associate in the State of Connecticut.  While pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Sherri led the Fraternal Order of Police National Officer Wellness Committee in a landmark survey of police officers on the subjects of critical stress, stigma, and use of wellness services. Sherri is a member of the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has served as a contributor on various symposia on officer wellness and police suicide.  Along with the FOP National Officer Wellness Committee, Sherri is currently working on the development of a national database of culturally competent mental health providers for law enforcement.  In partnership with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the US Department of Justice, the Fraternal Order of Police is also leading development of a nationally standardized curriculum in law enforcement peer support.   


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