Mission: Reduce line of duty deaths to fewer than 100 per year (not seen since 1943)
Vision: Eliminate preventable line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries with common-sense training designed to focus on areas under an officer’s control
Values: Honor the fallen by training the living. Service before self.Below 100 training covers the real facts of how line-of-duty deaths are occurring across the country and what can be done to address the problem.The 5 Tenets:
- 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?
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 about – 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.
Take Action. Make a Difference. Change the Culture.
Brett Pickens with West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program Lead Instructor.
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