4 threats to officer safety this holiday season
December is a deadly month — may a few reminders here help the heroes on the street during the end of the year
We’ve completed 11 months in 2013, and we have the lowest annual line of duty deaths at this point in any year since 1944. Much can be written on why that is — and the various efforts that have helped our profession in this area — but something else is of utmost importance.
I want to sound an alarm of what could be looming ahead for us.
Traditionally, December has been a deadly month for our profession, and it is my hope that a few reminders here can help the heroes on the street during this last month of the year.
1.) Domestic Calls
For some, this month signifies additional financial stress, and individuals react to stress in various ways. Let’s be extra vigilant on those family calls. Take your backer, wear your vest, approach in concealment/cover, and don’t take anything for granted.
2.) Equipment Check
3.) Bad Weather
Do your tires have the appropriate tread and air in them? When you stop to help that stuck vehicle, make sure you take care of your position first and know where traffic is coming from. Wear your reflective vest, and if you have to sit in your vehicle blocking traffic, then put your seatbelt on. A year doesn’t go by where I don’t see an officer killed or severely hurt because a car rear-ended them during traffic control.
4.) Suicide Season
Use every method you can to communicate with them without having to approach. Time is on your side.
Speaking of suicide, be aware of our own brothers and sisters at all times. Know the signs, communicate, and don’t hesitate to get help for those around you. We lose more crime fighters to suicide each year than line of duty deaths.
This isn’t a secret anymore. Let’s do all we can to help our coworkers.
Above anything else, we want to give you the information to help you do your job better and make you safer. It has been my humble privilege to play a very small part in that effort, and I will be forever grateful to PoliceOne for letting me be a part of their wonderful family.
On behalf of myself and my family, I want to wish you and yours a very blessed holiday and happy new year
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