Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Seat Belt

Wear your seat belt.  When you train new officers make them wear their seat belt.  One of the largest cause of death of police officers.  In a typical year, more officers are killed sitting in their cars, in a traffic collision than are shot.

You won't let your rookies go on patrol without body armor, why would you let them go on patrol without a seat belt on?  I think that it is the law in every state that drivers wear their seat belt.  Officers should have to comply with that law.

As a supervisor you should encourage your officers to wear their seat belts.  If they don't wear their seat belts, you should write a memo to them and put it in their file that you observed them without a seat belt on while operating their patrol car.  You should mention it in their annual evaluation also.  Officers who won't wear their seat belts are doing something dangerous; that's what the SGT Says.

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