The Takeaway: Traffic Fatalities

Avoiding Traffic Fatalities—Training, Preparation, and Technology

Avoiding Traffic Fatalities—Training, Preparation, and Technology

Avoiding Traffic Fatalities—Training, Preparation, and Technology  was the last of three programs in the Destination Zero Fatality Report and Program Series, a series of programs to supplement the release of the 2020 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report.

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During the program we heard from Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Katie Alexander, Law Enforcement Liaison with the Texas Municipal Police Association, who discussed the importance of proper training on Smart Risk v. Risk, preparation, the manipulation of an officer’s physical environment, and creating accountability through technology and peer support.

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Determined Action Items:

  • Measure the level of priority so you are not driving unnecessarily fast to a call that is not an emergency.
  • Practice exiting the vehicle with the seatbelt on, so you improve muscle memory and reduce the time it takes.
  • Educate the community on how to move out of the way safely and when to pull to the side.
  • Traffic safety training should begin in the academy and continue throughout an officer’s career.
  • Continue to provide reminders of best practices through posters, communications, or during roll call.

Destination Zero Top 5 Tips

  1. Wear your seat belt.
  2. Position your vehicle to help protect you.
  3. Use the passenger side approach.
  4. Wear your reflective vest whenever you are outside of your vehicle.
  5. Use the other resources around you by requesting support from the fire department and tow/wrecker vehicles to create the space you need and block oncoming traffic.

Final Thoughts:

Remember, accountability does not have to have a negative connotation. Law enforcement leadership has a responsibility to monitor when excessive speeds are being used on a regular basis and to counsel officers when speed does not match the level of priority.

“You can’t save a life if you never make it to the call.”
— Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

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The Takeaway: Firearm Fatalities

Protecting Ourselves Against Firearm Fatalities

Protecting Ourselves Against Firearm Fatalities—Funding, Media, and Policy

Protecting Ourselves Against Firearm Fatalities—Funding, Media, and Policy  was the second of three programs in the Destination Zero Fatality Report and Program Series, a series of programs to supplement the release of the 2020 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report.

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During the program we heard from Superintendent David Brown, Chicago Police Department, and Dr. Alex Eastman, Senior Medical Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as they shared strategies and guidance on how funding, the media, and procedures and policy reduces firearms-related fatalities.

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Determined Action Items:

  • De-escalation not only helps resolve more situations peacefully, but it also slows things down so officers have more time to make better decisions and wait for back up.
  • Time and distance also help leadership make better decisions.
  • Reflection leads to improved tactics and training.
  • Include city officials and the legal team in after-actions to create a more accurate critique that will lead to the prevention of repetitive circumstances.

Destination Zero Top 5 Tips:

  1. Wear your vest.
  2. Wait for cover before responding to calls for service.
  3. Remain situationally aware at all times.
  4. Use de-escalation to slow down potential use of force engagement.
  5. Continually train on defensive tactics and life-saving skills.

Final Thoughts:

Officers need to be well enough to execute through the challenges we face today and transform policing yet again.

“You never want to put yourself in a quick draw scenario where the fastest draw wins.”
-Superintendent David O. Brown

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The Takeaway: Covid-19 Fatalities

Navigating The COVID-19 Health Crisis—Information, Leadership, And Support

Navigating the COVID-19 Health Crisis was the first of three programs in the Destination Zero Fatality Report and Program Series, a series of programs to supplement the release of the 2020 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report.

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During the program we heard from Dr. Alex Eastman, Senior Medical Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Deputy Commissioner John Miller, Intelligence and Counterterrorism with the New York Police Department, as they discussed the need for early and accurate information, visible leadership and clear communication, and departmental support during COVID-19 and other public health crises.

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Determined Action Items:

  • Designate someone in your agency to be responsible for purchasing and managing the supply of tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning supplies.
  • Reduce the spread by limiting physical or social contact at the workplace.
  • Identify which staff can work from home to reduce the number of people who must work in the office.
  • To lessen the risk of exposure and spread, enter fewer residences, and ask medical questions in advance.
  • If medical information needs to be communicated over a radio, then a series of codes should be created to keep it private.

 

Destination Zero Top 5 Tips:

  1. Wear your mask and gloves.
  2. Sanitize your vehicle at the beginning and end of each shift.
  3. Sanitize your leather gear at the end of each shift.
  4. Change out of your uniform before entering your home.
  5. Avoid non-essential contact with the public.

Final Thoughts

Develop and practice emergency protocols on a regular basis for a potential future pandemic crisis. Package these procedures so they are clear and understood by all personnel. Within this process, always keep enough supplies stocked and stored in proper conditions.

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