We had an interesting talk about officer safety at this months MACA meeting in Leominster. The topic of discussion revolved around a recent FBI report that showed that while most serious crimes are down across the country, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has gone up.
This story on CBS News discusses this alarming trend and how we have recently been hit close to home by one of these tragedies. You may recognize John Miller from his excellent presentation at our 2010 conference.
Our discussion came about because our outstanding VP of Administration Tiana Antul had seen this report (Not this same news story but a similar story about this report) and sent an e-mail to the board regarding how this report made her feel and how it was so relevant to our upcoming conference and keynote speaker, Marcus Young.
We all decided that while there is a possibility that doing good analysis may be putting our officers at increased risk that we all have to continue doing the best we can to provide important tactical information to our officers and look at other things we can do to make them safer.
I would like to share some resources that you can mention in your bulletins and I hope that you will pass along these free resources and some training announcements to your officers and tactical instructors.
I also hope that you will check out these resources yourself and think about ways in which we can further enhance officersafety within all of our jurisdictions. If you have anything you would like to add to this conversation please share on the MACA-L.
- The FBI LEOKA Officer Safety Program
This training will be offered for free at the following locations on the following dates:
May 2—Natick PD
May 10—Canton PD
May 31—Cohasset PD
June 5—Bentley U
June 14 Salem PD
June 21 Woburn PD
June 22 Dracut PD
Officers only need to contact Kevin Donnelly to sign up for this excellent free class -firstname.lastname@example.org
*Of course, we will be offering the same free training at the MACA conference on Thursday, May 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. Our instructor will be Marcus Young, who personally survived a deadly encounter during a "routine" arrest. We will have more information on our website at www.macrimeanalysts.org
- Valor for Blue
The Valor Project is designed to enhance officer safety. They have free resources on their website and are currently touring the country to give training.
- Calibre Press
Calibre Press has an excellent newsletter that all officers should subscribe to. They have been the leaders in officer survival training for 3 decades now with their Street Survival Seminar and their 3 Masterpiece books on the topic.
The Street Survival Newsline newsletter is free – http://www.calibrepress.com/
- Below 100
Another free resource that I forgot to mention is the Below 100 Initiative. The idea of Below 100 is to keep LODD's under 100 officers per year. I have printed out all of these free posters and hung them up on all of our training bulletin boards:
- Force Science
Force Science is the cutting edge in research on officer involved shootings and use of force incidents. The Force Science Newsletter is free and the information it provides is excellent.
I have been getting this newsletter from the beginning and I think that what they are doing is so important that I reached out to them repeatedly asking them to hold a class in the Northeast. They finally agreed if I could find a way to host it and fund it. So, for only $200 officers from all over New England can attend this excellent two day program.
Every police department should have key officers within their organizations that understand Force Science.http://www.forcescience.org/
This class will be instructed by Chris Butler and Doctor Bill Lewinski. Dr. Lewinski is the founder of Force Science and this is a rare opportunity to see him here in the Northeast.
This training is important for all police officers but it is absolutely essential for:
- Use-of-Force Instructors
- Accreditation Managers
- Firearms Instructors
- Internal Affairs Investigators
- Union Officials
- Union Attorneys
To register for the Force Science course in Burlington on June 28 and 29 go here: http://www.bpd.org/force-science
Please share these resources with your training officers and decision makers in your organization.