Officer down: Is your department prepared?
from By Gary Stiles, Sandie Doptis and John T. "Jack" Gaffigan
Each year, our law enforcement community suffers the loss of too many brave men and women in the line of duty. During a typical year, more than 150 lives are lost to line-of-duty deaths. Sadly, the majority of these deaths occur in departments with 50 or fewer officers, and many times, it is the first line-of-duty death experienced by the department, the chief, the officers and civilian staff. As law enforcement officers we plan and train for almost every conceivable incident. Why is it that we so often fail to plan and train for a line-of-duty death or critical injury?
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