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Navigating the Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incidents


  • Brian Nanavaty
    Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN
  • James Gray
    Officer, Indianapolis Metro Police Dept, IN

Police officers need help long after they survive an officer involved shooting or other critical incident. Does your officer and your agency have a plan to help prepare for the OIS or critical incident or to help officers and their families recover after the incident?

The health and well-being of your officers depend on what the officer and the agency do to prepare for a traumatic incident like a shooting. Your agency can’t afford to wait until after a crisis occurs to decide how you’re going to prepare for and manage the aftermath of an OIS or critical incident. 

Navigating the Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incidents will help your officer and peer support team to prepare for the challenge of an officer involved shooting and assist the agency and the clinician to develop strategies for responding to the critical incident. 

The principles participants will learn are based on the comprehensive approach used by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department since 2012. The IMPD officer involved shooting and critical incident model connects the officer, family members, peer team members, clinicians and agencies with education and internal and external resources to ensure the physical and mental health needs of the officer are being addressed long before the OIS or critical incident occurs.

Through that model, officers receive pre-incident inoculation, post-incident health-related resources, and a mental health check-up. They complete their investigative responsibilities and internal review. Within two weeks after the incident, in most cases officers were able to return to full duty—healthy.

How does it work? The IMPD’s model is broken up into pre- and post-incident segments: the first 0-24 hours, 24-48 hours, 48-72 hours, 72-96 hours, and beyond. The model focuses on stress and trauma inoculation before the critical incident and uses triage and support resources after the incident occurs. Throughout this process, the officer is prepared to survive a critical incident, help investigators after the crisis, and be proactively engaged in healthy practices.

National organizations and government institutions have recognized the benefits of this approach to officer health. The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed this model. The IMPD also received the 2015 Destination Zero Valor Award for Officer and Agency Wellness by the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A condensed version of this training course was selected to open the educational sessions during the 2017 IACP Conference in Philadelphia.


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