Criminal justice and public safety
Despite the name of our national union, the AFT is a union of professionals from diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of professions, including members who work in the criminal justice and public safety fields. AFT represents members ranging from parole and probation officers, corrections officers and staff in first responder capacities. We also have members who keep our health facilities and school districts safe.
Research suggests that public safety work is among the most stressful occupations in the world. AFT members in this field work together to discuss issues of mutual concern and to offer solutions to common problems in our criminal justice system. Workers in the criminal justice profession understand the system and can be strong advocates to support their colleagues in addressing the challenges they face. We come together to talk about these challenges to strengthen our union and to ensure fair and equal treatment for all in the criminal justice system.
We recognize that a strong and vibrant democracy cannot function unless all people, regardless of the color of their skin or the work they do, can participate meaningfully in our society, with full rights and equal protections. Workers in public safety and criminal justice must work together to offer solutions to very difficult challenges facing our society. The AFT is committed to fostering an environment where all members’ voices are heard, and where workers put forward ideas that support our communities.
The criminal justice and public safety professionals in the AFT work together and support the AFT’s agenda to ensure justice for all, including civil and human rights, and to promote policies and legislation that encompass these principles and strengthen our democracy.
2016 Convention Resolution: Supporting the Recommendations of the AFT Racial Equity Task Force and the Work Performed by the Constituent Members of the AFT Criminal Justice and Public Safety Task Force
2016 Convention Resolution: Fighting for Safe Communities and Racial Justice for Our Citizens and Our First Responders
Tackling Stress for Public Safety Staff
- The Impact of Stress and Fatigue on Law Enforcement Officers and Steps to Control It
- Resilience Training Program Reduces Physiological and Psychological Stress in Police Officers
Public Safety Training Opportunities and Recruiting Challenges
- Public Safety Training Inc. (Ohio)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Governing Magazine
- Criminal Justice School information
Resources from Partners
- Making Cities Safe Through Community Policing
The United States Conference of Mayors and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, United States Department of Justice, 2015