Tips for Preventing Avoidable Injuries

National Police Training
July 25, 2012 — 1,726 views  
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When it comes to police officers and deputies staying safe on the job, it's important to learn from past tragedies. Providing the necessary training to these professionals can prevent avoidable injuries. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, a program of the United States Department of Justice, the four main causes of police officer accidents relate to administrative hurdles, technological advances, inadvertent actions by trainers and deviation from training plans.

The publication states that technological advances include scenarios such as tactical simulation training that, while enhances the realism of the situation, also increases the risks associated with training. Furthermore, trainers need to be aware of how to safely and realistically demonstrate equipment use to trainees without placing new officers in danger. Whether a trainer is not using equipment in a safe manner, or if he or she is purposefully ignoring safety protocols, it is essential that these issues are addressed for injury prevention. Finally, the office defines administrative hurdles as things such as cutbacks on training resources or the elimination of training needed that is associated with injuries.

The Public Agency Training Council (PATC) states that another common avoidable mistake that law enforcement should be aware of has to do with search warrants. While search warrants and house raids are sometimes necessary responsibilities of police officers and deputies, law enforcement agencies should establish policies that help prevent harmful mistakes.

There are past tragedies that include police officers being killed or killing others during house raids. In order to avoid injuries and mistakes in these circumstances, a high degree of supervision should be executed during every step of the case. A policy that requires more accountability and a checklist of best practices for supervisors are among the recommendations for prevention given by the PATC.

Police officers can follow safety tips in order to avoid injuries while on duty. Police work can be among one of the most dangerous careers and this is why thorough and specialized training is required. In addition to safety training, officers should also regularly exercise to stay in optimal physical condition to reduce the risk of injury. Furthermore, police should avoid working alone whenever possible, always be aware of their surroundings and follow all safety procedures.

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