Welcome Sarah Creighton | Director, Law Enforcement Services
Institutes Of Health is thrilled to welcome Sarah Creighton as our new Director of Law Enforcement Services. Sarah will be involved in outreach, coordination , education and partnerships with law enforcement agencies as we continue our mission of providing innovation and advanced care and healing to those first responders injured in the line of duty.
Sarah is the former Assistant Chief of Police with the San Diego Police Department until her first retirement in 2017. She began her career in 1984 as a patrol officer and worked a variety of patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments, including training and leadership development. As a captain she was selected to create the Police Department’s first wellness unit. The San Diego Police Department’s Wellness Unit is recognized as the most innovative and effective unit of its kind, and serves as a model for other agencies throughout the nation. The Unit was the recipient of the 2016 Destination Zero Award, a national award for innovative officer wellness initiatives.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in human behavior. She coordinated the California POST Management Course for the Government Training Agency in San Diego until 2022, and now regularly moderates an officer wellness panel to educate police managers on employee care. She also volunteers for COPLINE, an international 24- hour crisis hotline for law enforcement. She has participated in numerous work groups with police wellness experts, including the University of Chicago NORC, in the development and analysis of an officer safety and wellness survey, and served as a technical advisor for the Police Executive Research Forum. She is a contributing author to several journal articles including the following: Bruised Badges: The Moral Risks of Police Work, and A Call for Officer Wellness and New Directions in Police Academy Training: A call to Action. She also co-authored a chapter in the book entitled POWER: Police Officer Wellness, Ethics, and Resilience providing practical recommendations and considerations for police executives on how to build a wellness program. Welcome to the family Sarah!