Secure the stuff in your squad

August 18, 2011

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Tip: Secure the stuff in your squad

No one goes into a shift expecting to wrap their squad around a pole, get t-boned in an intersection, or get whacked by some idiot in a real-end wreck, but as we know all too well, it can — and does — happen. Something to remember is that on impact, all the unsecured gear will go flying. All that “stuff” in your car can become a hail of extremely dangerous blunt projectiles. Keep that in mind when you load up your unit before each shift. Whenever possible, secure your gear in a fashion that will help prevent it from going airborne should you come to a sudden stop.

It’s a good idea to also check the nuts and bolts which hold in place the “mounted devices” in the cockpit. Every time you hit a bump is another opportunity for nut/bolt fixtures — at least those which are not safety-wired — to work themselves loose. Just because it LOOKS locked down, doesn’t mean it actually IS locked down.

Stay safe out there.


About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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