In high heat with high humidity it is easy to develop heat stroke.
There are several things you can do in times of high heat. Drink plenty of water; you can lose a whole pint of water in as little as twenty minutes. Drinking coffee or soda is not as good as drinking plain water or a sports drink. Keep most of your body covered and wear a hat to protect your head.
If officers have to work outside, directing traffic at an accident scene, holding a perimeter location at a crime scene, make certain they get plenty of breaks. Officers should break every thirty minutes if possible, and should have access to water. When setting up a perimeter try and place officers in the shade if possible.
Dispatchers should make more frequent checks of officers in single officer patrol cars. Nearly 200 Americans die of heat related causes every year, so extreme heat is a dangerous condition. Keep water in every vehicle both for drinking and to cool overheated persons. After a foot pursuit or fight, insure the officers and suspects are cooled down properly afterwards. Heat is a real danger, take caution and you will be fine; that’s what the SGT Says.