- Wear your body armor. Every day, even when it is hot and uncomfortable. Our soldiers do it in Iraq, you can do it in Mississippi. If you don't have body armor, get it. It is cheaper than a new gun, it is cheaper than a year's life insurance. If your agency won't buy it, then next year ask for it rather than a raise in pay. They should buy body armor, it is safety equipment. Even an old piece of armor is better than no armor.
- Wear your seat belt. Every day, even if it is uncomfortable. We ticket those civilians who don't wear theirs, we should wear ours. A fair percentage of our officers killed in the line of duty are killed in traffic collisions.
- Learn to swim. Several officers a year drown in the line of duty. If you can't swim, learn how. Many organizations even give free swimming lessons. It is not hard and everyone should know how.
- Call off your traffic stops. Let dispatch know what you are doing. If they don't know where you are or what you are doing it is hard to get help for you.
- Wear a back up gun. Guns are mechanical devices and they break. We drop them, they get taken away. Only a gun can replace a gun, get that back up gun out when your duty gun is not usable.
These are five steps you can take to make sure you get home at the end of the shift. Keep yourself safe, that's what the SGT Says.