I was recently reading how more and more professions are turning to checklists to improve safety. I have been advocating just this kind of practice for law enforcement for decades.
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Regularly assess the contents of your patrol bag to make sure you have the essentials and no outdated items. Regardless of your assignment, extra ammo and some form of hydration system are important to carry with you.