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.