BUFFALO, N.Y. -- John Violanti, PhD, professor of social and
preventive medicine in the University at Buffalo's School of Public
Health and Health Professions, will participate in a Law
Enforcement Executives Summit on June 27 at the invitation of U.S.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
The Summit is being held to discuss challenges and future
directions related to policing in the new economy, procedural
justice and officer wellness and safety. It will take place at the
U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.
Violanti, a police veteran, who served with the New York State
Police for 23 years, is an expert on issues related to police
officer wellness and safety. For more than two decades, he has been
involved in designing, implementing and analyzing police stress and
health studies, focusing on assessment of psychological and
biological indicators of chronic police stress and trauma,
subclinical cardiovascular and metabolic disease in police, shift
work and health, and the epidemiology of police suicide.
Violanti also is the principal investigator on the Buffalo
Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study, an
ongoing National Institutes of Health-funded study, which is one of
the first population-based studies to integrate psychological,
physiological, and subclinical measures of stress, disease, and
mental health status.
According to the invitation, Attorney General Holder is
convening the conference in order to generate a national
conversation on issues facing law enforcement departments as they
operate with less fiscal capacity. Public perceptions of fair
treatment in police conduct and the policies, practices and
technologies that protect law enforcement personnel also will be
Violanti lives in Depew.