POLICE Magazine

AUG 2019

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34 P O L I C E AU G U S T 2 019 - Easy operation - Detects ALL metals - Use on land & underwater - Audio and Visual output - Commercial construction - Ideal for evidence recovery - In use by law enforcement agencies worldwide - Starting at $2,395 JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. (800)822-4744 (508)822-7330 Email: info@jwfishers.com www.jwfishers.com A perfect tool to locate missing objects the Pulse 8X u/w metal detector. LIFE-SAVING RESPONSE Effective active shooter training en- ables officers to deal with volatile sit- uations they could encounter while wearing heavier gear. is provides two potentially game-changing benefits: It allows law enforcement to practice re- sponding effectively to active shooter scenarios and it lets supervisors and seasoned officers immediately evaluate the reliability of both the training and the equipment. In training, agencies and leadership understandably emphasize tactical ex- ecution—seek out the threat, address the threat, and minimize casualties. But in real-world dynamic, high-risk situations, helping the victims is a crit- ical task. So keep in mind that the situa- tion could demand emergency medical skills. Injuries occur at much higher rates during active shooter events, and access to immediate medical help from fire/ EMS might not be feasible. When an active shooter incident occurs, agencies may request mutual aid from a regional or state hotline system. And there is no way to know which officer will be the first to arrive at the scene, so impromp- tu emergency medical care and bleed- ing control could be necessary. CPR, chest compressions, applying pressure to a wound, and tourniquet use are easy-to-learn emergency med- ical procedures that officers should know. When training to perform these skills, it's a good idea to wear the heavi- er gear and thicker armor that they will wear during a real incident. Heav y gear and armor can restrict movement and flexibility, making the muscle memory THE WINNING EDGE Agencies training their officers in how to respond to active shooters need to teach their officers how to perform first aid on themselves, fellow officers, and victims. PHOTO: DYNEEMA

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