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Arrive Alive

Arrive Alive

Law enforcement commanders, trainers, and officers must work to reduce single-vehicle crashes on patrol.

May 6, 2019

An Officer Safety Reality Check
Officer Safety on the Road

Officer Safety on the Road

Wear your body armor. Don't drive at speeds beyond your capabilities. And use your seat belt.

May 1, 2017

Shots Fired: Westbrook, Connecticut 04-08-2013

Shots Fired: Westbrook, Connecticut 04-08-2013

The Impala's driver side window shattered. Bullets slammed into the car's cockpit. And Det. Wisner felt a searing pain in his left shoulder. There would be no foot pursuit.

January 13, 2015

Stopping Fatal Trends

Stopping Fatal Trends

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

October 7, 2014

Ode to the Belt

Ode to the Belt

The cow skidded down the far emergency lane, and my vehicle creaked and scraped down the other. I slammed on the now stiff brakes and my Chevy ground loudly to a stop, steaming and groaning while I waited for the impact of some approaching vehicle.

March 21, 2014

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

June 14, 2011

Saving Police Lives

Saving Police Lives

The odds of you dying in a traffic accident are much higher than the odds of you being shot while restrained in your car.

February 1, 2011

He Flees: To Pursue or Not To, That Is the Question

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shielding police officers from being sued in federal court for deaths and injuries to innocent citizens resulting form high-speed chases should not be viewed as an invitation to law officers.

September 1, 2008

Backing Up is Hard to Do

Ask risk managers to tell you what causes the majority of vehicular accidents, and they will all sing the same tune: "Backing Up Is Hard To Do."

June 1, 2006

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards

On Sept. 28, 1989, a fire truck from the Catlett, Calif., Fire Department was struck by an Amtrak passenger train as the truck crossed a rural railroad right-of-way while responding to a vehicle fire. The truck was totally destroyed, and two firefighters aboard were killed.

June 1, 1996

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