If your union or employee rights organization asked you to participate in a sick-out/blue flu to support an employee rights issue, would you do it, even if it put your job in jeopardy?
In this issue of POLICE magazine, we address one of the greatest pressing concerns of police executives and law enforcement: the growing number of serious accidents and even deaths in police training.
Today's DT training is much more gritty, more physical, and closer to an approximation of what officers experience in a real street encounter. Unfortunately, it's also much more dangerous.
The danger is, of course, part of the appeal of being a SWAT officer. But it's also why SWAT training must be approached with the greatest level of precision and precaution.
Officers of the Hempstead force say they have learned to accept the glares of hate. What they find more unsettling is that they are being surveiled.
Each year more law enforcement officers die in the line of duty from traffic accidents than from any other cause.
Recently on the U.S. border with Mexico, a Border Patrol officer was caught with no backup while facing an angry mob of illegal aliens bent on crossing into the United States.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) now come in portable versions that can be carried in patrol cars and used to shock a person's heart into beating again. Although ambulances are equipped with these devices, you, as a first responder, will probably get to a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) before EMTs can respond. And certainly before the patient can get to a hospital with a crash cart.
Of all training accidents, police officers shooting each other in simulation drills are the most tragic. They are also the most difficult for some officers and civilians to comprehend.
It was once believed that the Internet would run every print publication in America out of business some time in the first year of the then expected Gore presidency. But a funny thing happened on the way to print's inevitable extinction. The dinosaurs didn't lay down and decay into crude oil.
With the dramatic resurgence in interest in the 1911 platform, it's comforting to note the old war-horse is still a viable alternative to the black-plastic gun trend.
If I knew I'd be in a gunfight within the next 20 minutes, I'd be laying my hands on a 12-gauge. But the best I can predict is that, as an officer of the law, I might be in a gunfight sometime in my career. So I carry a handgun.
Once that gray squirrel had settled into his new home, the California State Police officers who patrol the park experienced a dramatic increase in the number of squirrel bite reports. They went from none to 30 per day.
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