Hundreds Registered for the Officer Safety Webinar with a High Volume of Interactivity
Did you know that there were 86 fatal automobile traffic crashes involving law enforcement officers between 2012 and 2014? Another interesting fact is that 47% of the officers in those crashes were not wearing seat belts? This is the type of valuable information attendees learned on December 8th at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Officer Safety Webinar. Laser Technology, Inc. was a proud sponsor of this webinar and helped get the word out about some very important statistics and valuable safety advice. The panel of key speakers included Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the NLEOMF, Nick Breul, Director of Officer Safety and Wellness and Mike Keith, Sr. Program Manager of Officer Safety and Wellness.
As a leader in officer safety, the NLEOMF hoped to encourage departments to develop the culture of safety and provided life-saving tips to attendees on how to enhance their visibility while making traffic stops, lower risks while on the job and suggested the best ways to reduce fatal crashes involving officers.
With over 120 law enforcement officers in attendance from around the country, the webinar was extremely engaging and provided officers with techniques to help increase their safety. Some of the tips and techniques they gave included canting police vehicle wheels, encouraging right-hand traffic stops, enhancing vehicle conspicuity by adding striping to police vehicles and wearing reflective gear. The interactivity level was extremely high during the webinar with several questions being asked by the participants using the chat feature and real-time answers from the panel.
In addition to the NLEOMF offering life-saving safety tips, each webinar participant was entered to win highly reflective safety gear. Congratulations to the winners: Paul Rogers from Rio Rancho PD, Charles Johnson from Gloucester County Sheriff's Office, Mark Fox from Harford County Sheriff's Office, Mike Jaeger from the AZ Post and William Watson from Rock Valley College Police Department.
For more valuable traffic safety tips, training resources and up to date statistics, visit NLEOMF website. They are working to drive down the risk factors that lead to injuries and death. If you have an officer safety and wellness program to share or would like to learn more visit www.destinationzero.org. Other programs and organizations that are partners with NLEOMF are The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2), Traffic Incident Management (TIMS), The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), ResponderSafety.com and LEOnearmiss.org.
If you were not able to attend or would like to share this information with your department, the recording of the webinar and NLEOMF's presentation are available below:
Officer Safety Webinar
Recorded December 8, 2015 9:30 AM MST