The Importance of Wearing Your Vest

Statistics show that wearing body armor reduces the chance of bodily injury or death caused by any physical injury including a car accident. The best vest you will ever wear is the one you’re wearing if you are shot. 36% of officers killed in fatal shootings between 2003-2012 could have survived but were not wearing their vest.
  • Officers that do not routinely wear body armor are 3.4 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries from a torso shot than officers who routinely wear their body armor.
  • Wearing body armor can mean the difference between life and death.
  • You never know

K-9 Safety Tips

Just as we lose too many officers in completely avoidable single-vehicle crashes, the sad truth is that police dogs die in hot cars all too frequently. The Officer Down Memorial page reports at least 64 police K-9s have died on U.S. soil from heat exhaustion between January 2011 and August 2015. According to the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association, another 12 police K-9s have died from heat exhaustion between January and July of 2016. In South Carolina, K-9 Emma died from heat exhaustion after she was left inside her handler’s vehicle for about 90 minutes — although the car was…

Shift Work and Safety Training

I’ll have to admit, it has been more than a few years since I worked shift work, but I can still clearly remember the good and the bad that came with it. When I was a young single guy, I enjoyed the evening shift when I could get off at 10 p.m., close the town up and sleep late the next morning. The night shift came in handy, especially after I got married. My first child was colicky, and my wife would be up all night and was ready when I came in at 6 a.m. for some relief. It…

Lead Exposure Risks & Shooting Ranges

Ingesting lead is a serious thing and can cause numerous problems for people with constant exposure. As you’re likely aware, you come into contact with lead during every trip to the range. You even come into contact with it each time you handle your firearm, especially if it hasn’t yet been cleaned after a visit to the range. The same goes for handling ammunition, and so on. Lead is present in most types of ammunition, including the primer and bullet. Each time you fire a round, lead is vaporized into the air and can be inhaled or ingested through the…

Risk Management is an Integral Part of the Overall Management Process

Although the management process varies from organization to organization, including from Sheriff’s Office to Sheriff’s Office, there are common elements within the management process that are practiced throughout all organizations. We know these elements well as they are rather intuitive and instinctive, and whether in management or not, documented or not, or employed effectively or not, we apply these elements, or some aspect thereof, every day. The common elements include:
  • objective setting
  • information gathering and gaining a “lay of the land”
  • analysis
  • assessment of alternative courses of action
  • development of a plan of action
  • execution
  • assessment of results and related

Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides

This article is adapted from the IACP Symposium Report: Breaking the Silence on Law Enforcement Suicides, and has been reprinted with permission from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. During 2012, law enforcement officer deaths by suicide were twice as high as traffic accidents or felonious assaults. This sobering data indicates that some law enforcement officers are suffering from mental health issues, and too many officers are dying as a result. It also suggests that positive mental health and well-being is just as important as bullet-proof vests when it comes to officer safety and wellness. Yet, officer suicide is…

Dick Tengstedt: A Pioneer in Loss Control

Loss control management – the effort to reduce the possibility that a loss will occur and reduce the severity of a loss when it does occur – is a big part of what FSRMF offers it members. It is a significant tool to help get insurance rates down and keep Sheriffs and their staff safer. But that was not always the case. In the early days, and insurance in general, the value of loss control was not fully appreciated. It was not until 1990 when the Hunt Insurance Group, the longtime third-party administrator for the Sheriff’s Self Insurance Funds, hired…