Utah State University Extension
As frustrations over inequalities in policing and law enforcement continue despite attempted reforms (Beckett, 2016), many are asking for a more effective approach. A 2018 issue statement from the American Public Health Association (2018) highlights that violence is a public health issue that will not go away without the influence of a public health approach. The integrated biological-psychological-social model of health recognizes the complexity in the ways individuals are influenced by their situations, with violence as the unfortunate result of the wrong mix of circumstances. The public health approach to violence focuses on prevention as part of the solution. This fact sheet reviews public health approaches, examples of success, and what needs to happen next to bring public health and law enforcement together.
Swensen, Kira; Murza, Gabriela; Sulzer, Sandra H.; and Voss, Maren Wright, "Public Health Violence Prevention: Supporting Law Enforcement" (2020). All Current Publications. Paper 2123.