09/28/2010
Situational awareness and officer distraction

These days, a squad car looks more like the cockpit of a fighter jet than a car — radios, MDTs, and all manner of technology device blinking and taking small bites from an officer’s attention — all while you’re driving, scanning for suspects, and performing your patrol duties. Many of these technological devices have the power to suck your mind from what it should be focused on, leaving you situationally unaware. Plan ahead of time. You already put the windows up at high speeds — or down in residential areas at night. Why not a similar plan for your cell, the computer, texting, etc. when driving gets stressful?


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