Safety & Health Integration in the Enforcement of Laws on Drugs (SHIELD)

SHIELD logoProtecting those who serve during the overdose crisis

Police officers are on the front lines of many public health crises. They've been asked to take on new roles and responsibilities in response to overdose and other emerging challenges. This carries new occupational safety risks – but usually without adequate tools or training. These demands compound the stress officers are accumulating from unprecedented levels of public scrutiny and social upheaval as well as the day-to-day pressures of policing. 

The SHIELD Training Initiative fills this gap, providing law enforcement with the tools they need to safeguard their physical and mental wellbeing, improve community relations, and more effectively accomplish their public safety mission.

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Next training:

Monday, January 17, 2022 (via Zoom)
9:00 - 12:00 ET


Training Goals:

The SHIELD Training Initiative provides police and law enforcement operational strategies and best practices to: 

  1. ​Protect against occupational health and safety risks
  2. Improve job satisfaction by offering strategies to reduce cumulative stress, trauma and its effects, and burnout – thereby improving retention
  3. Expand their toolbox to enable them to respond more effectively to the public health challenges of the overdose crisis
  4. Reduce addiction and related crime, and
  5. Strengthen police-community relations



  • What is SHIELD?

    The SHIELD Training Initiative equips law enforcement and other first responders for their work at the front lines of the overdose crisis. It provides knowledge, skills, and resources that improve their occupational health, wellbeing, and effectiveness. Built on decades of experience and deep knowledge of the evidence base, SHIELD is driven by practice and delivers practical solutions.

    SHIELD is unique because it meets local needs by building in local experience. After learning about local challenges, opportunities, and resources, our team customizes the curriculum to the needs of specific jurisdictions and agencies. Customization is the engine for delivering frontline personnel the most relevant and actionable tools and strategies to improve their health, safety, and effectiveness

  • How does SHIELD help?

    The SHIELD curriculum provides tools that make officers safer and healthier while also protecting themselves, their colleagues, their families, and their communities. Departments that implement SHIELD strategies will also see:

    • Reductions in stress and burnout, infectious disease risk, and overdose and addiction in the community
    • Improvements in job satisfaction, community health, and overall public safety
    • Resulting in improved police-community relations and enhanced recruitment and retention
  • How does SHIELD work?

    SHIELD's skills-based learning is delivered peer-to-peer by the SHIELD training team, which is led by a retired police chief and includes Indiana officers and public health experts. Unlike off-the-shelf trainings, the SHIELD team customizes the curriculum to your department's and officers' needs. By providing local information and resources, your officers will be able to immediately operationalize the SHIELD tools. Using an interactive instructional design and customized local information, the three modules are delivered in a single livestream session.

    Module 1: Officer Resilience – Key facts on mental strain, tools to reduce burnout and improve wellness during the overdose crisis.

    Module 2: Officer Safety – Key facts on physical risks and strategies to improve occupational safety during the overdose crisis.

    Module 3: Public Safety – Operational strategies that enhance field impact and improve community relations, while also reducing stress and risks during the overdose crisis.

    You will receive a certificate for 3 hours of continuing education credit after completing the evaluation at the end of the program.

About the trainers

Lance Dardeen headshotSgt. Lance Dardeen

Sergeant, Behavioral Health Services
CIT Coordinator
Indiana Metropolitan Police Department
Department of Public Safety

Sergeant Lance Dardeen joined the Indiana Metropolitan Police Department in 2009.  He graduated with a Public Relations degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2002 and with a Master's degree in Justice Administration from Faulkner University in 2016.  Dardeen served as a North District Patrol Officer from 2010-2016 where he also served as a Field Training Officer and taught his fellow officers in numerous trainings as a "Train the Trainer".

Through the years, Lance developed a passion for community policing and in the spring of 2016, he accepted the position of Behavioral Health Detective under the umbrella of the Community Engagement Office where he assisted citizens with mental illnesses in receiving the appropriate services they need.  After earning a promotion in 2018, Sergeant Dardeen now serves at the direct supervisor for the BHU and M-CAT units and serves at the CIT Coordinator for the IMPD.

Sergeant Dardeen serves the community and the department in a variety of ways.  He is a Fair and Impartial Policing Instructor, CIT for Adult and CIT for Youth Instructor, a state certified instructor, an IMPD Mentor, a member of the BRG, a Field Training Officer, Mental Health First Aid instructor, and became an E.M.T in 2014.  Lance graduated from the IMPD Leadership Academy in 2014 and is the current President of the IMPD Leadership Academy Alumni Association.


Madison Weintraut headshotMadison Weintraut, BSN, RN, MPH

Program Manager, Safe Syringe Access and Support
Marion County Health Department

Madison Weintraut is the program manager for Safe Syringe Access and Support, Marion County's first legal syringe services program. Prior to delivering harm reduction resources to individuals with substance use disorder, Madison worked as a nurse epidemiologist specializing in hepatitis B and C  for Marion County Public Health Department and as a nurse in St Vincent's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Madison obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from Purdue University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University, and her Master of Public Health from Indiana University.


Brandon del Pozo headshotChief (ret.) Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Miriam Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Associate Faculty, Department of Health Policy and Management, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chief (ret.) Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA served for 19 years in the New York City Police Department and for four years as the Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont. While there, he led the public health and evidence-based response to the city's opioid crisis, which resulted in significant reductions in overdose deaths. He is currently a policing and public health/addiction researcher at the Miriam Hospital/Brown University, a frequent lecturer on policing and the overdose crisis, and the training director for the SHIELD Training Initiative.


Brandon George headshotBrandon George

Vice President, Mental Heath America of Indiana
Director, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition

Brandon George is the Vice President for recovery, advocacy and programs for Mental Health America Indiana and the Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, which advocates for recovery through public policy and education. As a person in long-term recovery, Brandon dedicates his time personally and professionally to fighting addiction and promoting recovery.

Brandon has been used as a consultant for SAMHSA's Opioid Response Network, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is a contributor to Harvard's Law Blog. He served as a trusted advisor to the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, on the leader's council for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and recently spoke at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding addiction workforce issues and recovery messaging.

Kevin Hunter headshotCapt. Kevin Hunter

Administrative/Vice & Narcotics Section, Hope and Recovery Team, Fort Wayne Police Department

Kevin Hunter joined Fort Wayne Police Department in 1989. He has collaborated with public health both locally and within Indiana to further the concept of syringe service programs, harm reduction and recovery.  Hunter helped create the Department's Hope and Recovery Team, where detectives meet with people who have overdosed and connect them to treatment services. He is a graduate of Indiana Tech with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in organizational leadership, has been a certified law enforcement instructor since 1994, and serves on multiple community boards and committees.   




For more information on SHIELD, please visit the training website or contact Sunyou Kang.

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