Shift Briefing Series: How to carry a downed officer or injured citizen

It is important for law enforcement and other public safety personnel to know how to carry an injured person efficiently and effectively over distance


The Shift Briefing Series is designed to provide law enforcement officers with short training videos that will help make them smarter, safer and more efficient in daily operations and when responding to critical incidents. The videos address key components of the Top 20 Concepts, a class I created and have presented around the country since 2011. The class addresses 20 foundational concepts in law enforcement that are based in law, policy and ethics, are repeatable and defensible, and assist with critical incident decision-making. Group discussion questions are listed after each video to help solidify the topics and ensure the application is in line with your department’s mission and values. 

With the large number of mass casualty events around the country, it is important for law enforcement and other public safety personnel to know how to carry an injured officer or citizen efficiently and effectively over distance.

This video covers a three-person and two-person carry, as well as a two-person drag, along with the thought process behind the techniques.

After viewing, everyone should have an option that can used in almost every circumstance. This quick video can be used in training to help provide an entire agency with information to make their officers and citizens safer.

The carry methods are not limited to law enforcement and can be used to train school staff or other personnel.

Questions to consider

  1. In addition to patrol resources, who else in your department should be trained in carries?
  2. How often should your department practice officer/civilian carries?
  3. Does your school district personnel have information on injured party carries? Would this training benefit them?
  4.  When approaching a downed LEO, what should you be communicating with them?
  5. Can you think of a time when you might not return to where you started? In other words, you might take the injured party to a different place where is it important for all involved to know the final destination before starting.
  6. What should you do with an injured officer’s weapon? When holstered? On the ground? Rifle?

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