Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Officer Killed in Training

No officer should even be killed in training. That should be our goal. The most important reason to train officers is to prevent officer deaths, not cause them. There are a few things we can do to cut down of officer injuries and deaths in training. Start by giving trainees a complete physical examination before they attend the academy. Heart health under stress is an especially important factor to have checked.

Monitor trainees during training to insure they are drinking enough water during times of heat or exertion. Training should be monitored constantly for safety. Each activity should include a safety briefing. When I run a range or baton class I empower every participant to stop the training activity to insure safety. They are all told to call “cease fire” or “stop training” if they suspect any activity we are doing may be unsafe.

Baton training that involves striking and blocking should include the trainee wearing head protection. Protection for the elbows and knees is also a good idea. Intense baton training can be very dangerous and should be performed on a mat with a high instructor to student ratio. I recommend at least three instructors for every 15 students. Students should generally not participate in intense baton training for more than about 30 seconds at a time. Keep the kids safe; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

In martial arts classes, everyone was padded up more than a linebacker...never suffered an injury.
The first thing taught was knowing HOW TO FALL PROPERLY.

And at the firing range, STRICT protocal was the order of the day.

You so much as pointed a loaded and cocked weapon ANYWHERE ELSE but DOWNRANGE, and the rangemaster disarmed you and you got the boot for the day (and a LOUD safety reprimand)!
Those were the good old days.

Sad to hear about a training fatality...anywhere.
Should never happen.

Roll safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

We train to be safe, and in police work we need to be sure the training centers are the safest places.