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Below 100 Intensive & Train-the-Trainer (New Kent)
Thu, February 23, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
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In 1974, the all-time high year for officer deaths, 278 were killed in the line of duty. Innovations in training, emergency medicine and vehicles, as well as the development of ballistic armor, all contributed to bring this number down. We’ve averaged about 150 officers killed per year in the last ten years. Together, we can bring that number to below 100.
Five key tenets have been identified by which we can improve officer safety — areas where we can make a difference:
- Wear Your Belt. The reality: Every day, police around the country make excuses why they don't wear seatbelts. Every day, peers and supervisors make excuses why they turn a blind eye to this behavior. Every year, officers are killed and injured as a result of these excuses.
- Wear Your Vest. The reality: Officers often make excuses why they don't wear their body armor. These excuses have led to hundreds of deaths and injuries. And there is another type of vest that can be equally important: the reflective vest. Every day officers make excuses why they don't use their reflective gear. Body armor and reflective gear work, but only if they are worn.
- Watch Your Speed. Old joke: "Why do cops speed? Because they can." But this just isn't funny anymore. As speed goes up, survival goes down. Every year hundreds of officers and innocent citizens are killed or seriously injured as a result of unwarranted speed. It's time to hold each other accountable.
- WIN — What's Important Now? WIN is about situational awareness and continually reassessing the priority. Focusing on the task at hand improves officer safety. What's important now is for officers to understand that taking unnecessary risk puts the crosshairs squarely on those they care the most – their families. WIN is a mindset that saves lives and prevents needless tragedies.
- Remember: Complacency Kills! Complacency is among the deadliest and most insidious of all threats faced by law enforcement officers because it can make even the most routine task incredibly dangerous. Becoming complacent or overlooking complacent conduct by others results in the death or serious injury of hundreds of officers each year. Every officer, trainer and supervisor must strive to remain vigilant and to remember that ignored behavior is condoned behavior.
Below 100 is about each and every officer, trainer and supervisor taking individual and collective responsibility for the decisions and actions that contribute to safety. For those in a leadership position, Below 100 means supporting a culture of safety throughout your department so that it becomes the norm and not the exception. Below 100 is committed to providing you the tools and resources you need to make a culture of safety thrive throughout your department.
Finally, Below 100 is a challenge that recognizes each officer death as a tragedy. It’s our duty to face down death and protect the innocent when called to do so. It’s a fact: Good cops will die each year. But working together—and only by working together—we can keep our streets and ourselves safer.
ABOUT THE TRAININGS
Below 100 works because it is a common-sense approach to officer safety. The core course - Below 100 Intensive - will be presented in the morning and is open to all levels of law enforcement. By the end of the Intensive class, students will be aware of the safety issues of not wearing an armored vest, not wearing a safety vest, not wearing a safety belt, being complacent, speeding, and not using good decision making skills.
In the afternoon of the same day, an optional Train-the-Trainer class is presented to a group of experienced instructors who must have attended the morning session. The trainer presentation equips trainers to take a look at their organization and effectuate change by:
- Conducting a risk assessment (template provided).
- Examining policy and making changes if necessary (sample policies provided).
- Presenting Below 100 to their agency (can be delivered in a period of two to four hours or in a series of shorter segments).
- Providing increased awareness such as posters and articles that continually reinforce the message.
(NOTE: Attending the Train-the-Trainer class does not automatically qualify you to present the Below 100 Intensive course for in-service credit. You would still need to meet DCJS instructor certification requirements to offer credit classes.)
Virginia Highway Safety Office Law Enforcement Liaisons Paul Sleeper & Michael Timm will be the primary trainers for the morning session. Below 100 Core Trainer John Bostain will also be on-hand to assist and co-teach the Train-the-Trainer session.
We are pursuing approval by DCJS for partial in-service credit (4 hours for the Intensive portion in the morning & another 4 hours for the Train-the-Trainer in the afternoon).
DATE & TIMES
Thursday, February 23, 2017
0800 - 1200: Below 100 Intensive
1300 - 1700: Below 100 Train-the-Trainer
** Must attend same-day Intensive portion in the AM in order to attend "Train-the-Trainer" in the PM.**
New Kent County Sheriff's Office
11995 Courthouse Cir.
New Kent, VA 23124
Contact Erin Schrad, VACP Communications Manager, at email@example.com; phone – (804) 285-8227.