Stay Charged

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


07/14/2009

You have a "go bag" at home? The kind that contains some personal items as well as some of the duty gear you have "spares" for? You should, if for no other reason than the possibility you may be called to provide mutual aid sometime in the middle of the night. What if that call takes you to another state? What if it means being there for a few days? Think Oklahoma City, Waco, and Loma Prieta all mixed in together...

Buy an extra battery charger (and battery) for your mobile phone and leave it in that bag. The last thing you need when you’re far from home working a manhunt or manning the perimeter of a standoff is to have your mobile phone go dead.

In addition to this, (and, of course, to the duty gear in your bag like extra magazines, "sharpie" pens, a univeral Letherman-type tool, a fixed-blade or folding knife, etc.), you should consider having stuff such as:

• Personal prescriptions (in their original containers) and over-the-counter medication for pain, allergies, antacid, daily vitamins, etc. that you ordinarily might take
• Prescription eyeglasses (and sunglasses) and/or contact lenses and cleaning supplies
• A change of clothing (including several sets of socks and "undies"), reflective vest, work gloves, hat, etc.
• Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shaving kit, brush/comb, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellant, etc.
• Food (energy bars, trail mix, powdered protein shakes, etc.) and bottled water (or better still, water purification tablets and a good canteen)

Stay safe folks!
~ dw
Doug Wyllie
PoliceOne Senior Editor


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.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

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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