Monday, September 15, 2014

Drowning

http://www.lawofficer.com/video/news/oregon-deputies-boat-pursuit

Officers working boat patrol on a lake went into pursuit chasing a stolen boat.  Near the end of the pursuit the suspect jumped into the water.  The suspect was eventually taken into custody on shore.  There are tens of thousands of rivers, lakes and several oceans in the United States, not to mention swimming pools.

No matter where you work, you are likely to have bodies of water in your patrol area.  Every officer should be trained how to swim in the police academy.  They should learn basic water rescue techniques to rescue people who are drowning.

They should learn fast water rescue techniques, and should have some equipment in the patrol car to preform these rescues.  Every year in the USA nearly 4,000 people drown, often including a couple police.  Some of these could be saved if police were trained to perform water rescues; that's what the SGT Says.

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