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Officer injuries, whether personal or work-related, can be overwhelming, timely and expensive. Injured officers should receive immediate attention and the best possible treatment so that they can return to duty more quickly.
At IACP 2022, Wausau Police Chief Benjamin Bliven and Tactical Athletic Trainer Traci Tauferner discussed the department’s program to help small agencies operate at their highest level of performance by reducing the risk of injury and shortening an officer’s time off duty when injured.
In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley talks with Chief Bliven and Traci Tauferner about how they provide ergonomic strategies and prevention resources that will help reverse the negative side effects of a career in law enforcement.
Top quotes from this episode
We hire really good people who are really good problem solvers, so if we get officer wellness right and keep them healthy physically, emotionally and mentally and keep their stress levels done, they’re going to do great things in our community.”
The services are everything you can think of that an athletic trainer would provide, just like they do for a sports team.”
With your officers, how long are they out of injury? Certain injuries shouldn’t linger, and the reason they linger is because they have an inappropriate treatment plan.”
Additional resources on this topic
Small Agency’s Guide to Officer Injuries by epraetorian on Scribd
About our guests
Benjamin Bliven has served as the Chief of Police for the Wausau (Wisconsin) Police Department since 2018. He has served in law enforcement since 1999.
Chief Bliven earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UW – Eau Claire and a master’s degree in education and human resource development from Seton Hall University.
He is a graduate of the 268th session of the FBI National Academy and the 251st session of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.
Traci Tauferner, Director of Industrial Medicine and Wellness with Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, has worked with law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies since 2010.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and strength and conditioning from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is passionate about trauma and is also certified in trauma-informed weightlifting, peer support and crisis intervention. She provides agencies with a proactive approach to wellness and injury prevention. She is also a veteran of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
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