HOUSTON – Nearly 100 law enforcement agents and officers
from across the state of Texas are attending an officer safety training
conference sponsored by the Department of Justice, announced Acting U.S.
Attorney Abe Martinez. The officer saftey and wellness training program is
entitled Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer
Resilience and Survivability, aka VALOR,
and it is part of a the recently-announced Houston
Law Enforcement Violent Crime Initiative created to proactively fight
violent crime across the Greater Houston area.
“Each day, law enforcement at the federal, state and local
levels face numerous threats while on duty,” said Martinez. “It is our job to
provide them all the tools necessary to promote the safe execution of their
duties as they work together to keep our communities safe”.
Martinez opened the program today which will include
presentations by federal, local and state law enforcement experts from across
the nation. The three-day conference is being held at Drug Enforcement
Administration. The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) and the Regional
Organized Crime Information Center are co-hosting the event which is sponsored
by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The VALOR initiative offers a national response to emerging
trends and aims to help law enforcement agencies adequately prepare officers
for the threats they face while on duty. The goal is to reduce violence against
law enforcement and improve officer survivability. VALOR enables the entire
U.S. law enforcement community to have access to and benefit from the latest
expertise, analysis, tactics, interdiction techniques and response methods to
address this critical problem and to reduce the number of officer fatalities.
This goal is achieved through ongoing identification of emerging criminal
threats, the development and delivery of knowledge and skills-based training to
effectively address those threats as well as the promotion of attentive
vigilance among law enforcement to proactively assess ever-changing
This long-term officer safety initiative includes the
comprehensive and multifaceted training program which is supported by data
collection and analysis, policy development support and technical assistance.
VALOR is designed to reach thousands of officers and law enforcement managers
and policymakers through in-person (classroom and hands-on) and
distance-learning efforts, resources and publications and technical assistance.
The VALOR training being offered this week was designed for
front-line law enforcement to promote officer safety and help prevent injuries
and deaths to law enforcement officers in the line of duty. In this
training, participants gain an understanding of emerging threats, including
those posed by antigovernment criminal extremists and learn techniques for
anticipating and surviving a violent encounter. Officers also learn how to
identify concealed weapons and armed gunmen, gain knowledge of the mental and
physical skills required for high-risk tactical situations that may involve
active shooters, high-risk tactical considerations, specific threat groups and
violent criminals as well as an understanding of the importance of
At a previous event held at the U.S. Attorney’s Office last
month, law enforcement executives received training that addressed officer
safety issues relevant to the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement
executives, discussed the effectiveness of past and current officer safety
policies and strategies, and identified and explored new ideas regarding
agencies’ approaches to officer safety.