Police: How To Stay Safe While On Duty

Personal safety is a key concern for police officers and public safety officers.

Quite simply, law enforcement can be difficult, dangerous and potentially deadly. In 2010, 132 police officers died due to gun and traffic related incidents. Assault and injuries numbers were much higher.

How can you better protect yourself and your fellow officers?

Understand that safety is an issue: Just being ‘safety conscious’ is very important. This guiding principle will help you to be better prepared and will allow you to better manage situations that may occur while on duty.

Follow proper police procedure: The number one thing officers can do to keep themselves safe while on duty is to follow proper procedures.

Almost every law enforcement or public safety situation has its own specific methodology for doing this. Whether you’re making an arrest or managing a traffic stop or handling a domestic dispute, there is a procedure to follow.

Procedures were created – and have evolved – to protect officers and the communities they serve. Proper procedures allow law enforcement to be managed legally, efficiently and safely.

Don’t take risks: Being ‘safety conscious’ will keep you grounded and will help alleviate the desire to take unwarranted risks. Let proper procedures guide you and aim to err on the side of caution.

Communication is vital: Communication is your lifeline. It’s why the relationship you have with your partner and fellow officers is so important. Your life may depend on someone else.

Technology allows today’s police officer to maintain closer contact than ever before. Using the tools that are available to you is essential to doing your job well – and doing it safely.

Ask for help: As an officer, you are trained to work both independently and in teams. Your partner, your fellow officers and your chain of command offer lines of help. These ‘systems’ are in place to allow you to ask for help when help is needed.

Use the right equipment: Choosing dependable law enforcement equipment that is crafted specifically to match the needs of your job will ultimately help you be safer. Comfort, reliability and efficiency will help give you peace of mind and allow you the ability to focus on the job at hand.

At Galls, we care deeply about the safety and welfare of our nation’s police officers. The job that you do, the service that you provide to your communities, is never taken for granted. Be safe.

2 Reasons Why You Need A New Tactical Flashlight

It’s time for a new tactical flashlight. Have you considered upgrading your older model for something new?

What is a tactical flashlight? Very simply, a tactical flashlight is any flashlight used with a handgun with the purpose of illuminating a target. These flashlights are typically small, lightweight and handheld (though many options can be weapon mounted).

There are a variety of techniques for properly using your tactical flashlight.  These techniques are based on both the situation and the level of comfort of the user. Sometimes the technique is dictated by the flashlight being used.

There are two main reasons for obtaining a new tactical flashlight: Galls.com Tactical Flashlight

  • You are no longer comfortable using your old flashlight
  • Your weapon has changed

You are no longer comfortable using your old flashlight. The gear you use every day is critical to you. It is an extension of who you are. Comfort, reliability and personal preference play an important role in determining what gear you choose use and how you use it.

When using a tactical flashlight in the line of duty, its positive—and negative—attributes become quickly obvious. This is when officers and service personnel begin searching around for other options. Ultimately, the type of tactical flashlight you choose and use on a daily basis will be based on personal preference.

Your weapon has changed. If you have a weapon mounted flashlight and your issued handgun has been phased out, chances are your flashlight will no longer fit your new weapon. If this is happening to you, it is time to go shopping.

You may also have personal weapons at home and are looking for upgrades. What is compatible with your weapon at work may not be compatible with your weapons at home.

Need another reason for a new flashlight? Maybe you just like new gear. Maybe you’re enthusiastic and passionate about the products that are used in your line of work. Seeing what someone else is using can also be a motivating factor.  Upgrading to the latest model is easy.

Remember, most gear is standard issue. And while standard issue gear is generally very capable of doing the job, many agencies and departments do allow public safety officers, police officers and military personnel to upgrade to something ‘better’ and more personal.

There are many options to consider when purchasing a new flashlight. With the many great brands available, the choice is up to you.

Consider these questions when researching your new tactical flashlight:

  • Should I choose a rechargeable or battery operated light?
  • Is handheld or weapon mounted better for me?
  • How much light do I need?
  • What is within my budget?

What are the four attributes of a good tactical flashlight?

  • Weatherproof
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting
  • Durable

If you’re seeking a new tactical flashlight, there are great options available at Galls.com.

If you have suggestions about how to best use your tactical flashlight, please share them with us in the comment section below.

A Special Thank You from Galls on this Memorial Day

Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in America’s military. This day is a reverent and reflective day for many, a time to be with family and friends and remember those who ensured our daily freedoms.

Many American servicemen and women were – and still are – active duty policemen, firefighters, emergency medical responders and more. The percentage of public safety officers with a military background is extraordinary.

Please take a few moments today and think about those who make this country safe. At Galls, we certainly appreciate all that has been done for the country by the American military.

Have a good Memorial Day.

Please share any thoughts or comments you may have on this special day.

Officer Safety is Priceless…

but the reality of outfitting a department in compliant body armor can be daunting to budget-strapped agencies.

Galls Body Armor
Galls Body Armor

Help is on the way! It’s Time to Prepare for your Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Application!

Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, BVP grants have proven to be a critical resource to local and state law enforcement  by  providing over 13,000 jurisdictions with $277 million for the purchase of an estimated 800,000 vests since 1999.

New Requirements for 2011 Applications

The estimated application date for 2011 funds is June.  All jurisdictions applying for funding from BVP must have a written “mandatory-wear” policy in effect no later than the application date.  While this policy can cover everything from hair length to earrings and tattoos, it MUST mandate that all uniform law enforcement officers within the jurisdiction wear bullet or stab resistant vests when engaged in patrol or field operations.

This policy change is a result of a dramatic 37% increase in officer deaths in 2010, which followed two years of declining line-of-duty deaths and reflects the Department of Justice’s renewed commitment to continually improving officer safety.

Galls is pleased to offer a wide selection of bullet and stab resistant body armor from all the top brands in the industry. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you evaluate your department needs and provide you with the cost estimates needed for your BVP application. And, don’t forget to check the expiration date of your current armor.  Due to regulation changes, many models expire this year.

For more information about what Galls has to offer, visit galls.com or call 800-876-4242.

For more information about BVP grants and the Body Armor Safety Initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice, visit

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bvpbasi/

http://www.policegrantshelp.com/grants/1774646-The-Bulletproof-Vest-Partnership-BVP/

Kentucky State Honor Guard selects Galls

Kentucky State Honor Guard Uniforms
Kentucky State Honor Guard

Galls Uniforms – Kentucky State Police Honor Guard  

High expectations are placed on Honor Guard members, for they represent the rich tradition of the state and the courage of troopers both past and present. As such, the wearing of the uniform is considered a privilege and a primary encouragement for each officer.

Since this is a non-traditional, ceremonial uniform, it is a special purchase each time. The agency does not replace these uniforms often, and this particular purchase was for the entire Honor Guard team. A large monetary commitment in lean budget times was required for securing this revamp of the uniforms. But it was important to the agency that each one member was an interchangeable, dignified representative for the agency.

Their investment has certainly paid off. The 100 percent gray and black wool uniforms are said to have been patterned after the Louisville Legion which fought in the Mexican- American War. The silver piping on the coats symbolizes the slogan, “The Thin Gray Line”; the gold badge and brass represents the command and leadership of the agency. Striped in black, the gray trousers recall the early uniforms of the Highway Patrol but also represent the daily uniform of the modern Trooper and the rich heritage of the department.

Why We Liked It:
It is rare to find examples of public agencies willing to spend on anything these days, let alone a uniform program used for ceremonial situations. By mixing value with exemplary customer service, Galls was able to provide its customer with one good looking uniform program, proof positive that you don’t have to compromise quality, even in a bad economy. Kentucky State Troopers look as sharp as ever in their new duds, and that look was achieved by ensuring the best pricing possible on all pieces of the uniform. For its willingness to work with its customer, and for its acute understanding of today’s business climate, UNIVATOR extends a hearty bravo to Galls.

For more information, visit www.galls.com.

Star of Life

Internationally recognized as the symbol of emergency medical services (EMS), the Star of Life is a blue, six-pointed star outlined in white, with the ancient emblem of a snake wrapped around a staff at the star’s center. Designed for the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration (NHTSA) in response to the need for a uniform symbol representing the emergency medical services system, the six barred cross was adapted from the personal Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA). The logo was given to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for use as the emergency medical technicians (EMT) logo.

The staff emblem at the Star of Life’s center is commonly referred to as the Rod of Asclepius, after the Greek god of medicine who is depicted holding the staff. It’s also possible that this symbol’s origin comes from an account in the book of Numbers, where Moses mounts a bronze serpent on a pole to heal his people. Whatever its origin, this symbol has represented healing since antiquity. The six branches of the star symbolize the six main tasks executed through the emergency chain. Counted clockwise from the top, these are: Detection, Reporting, Response, On Scene Care, Care in Transit, and Transfer to Definitive Care.

Source: ems.gov (http://www.ems.gov/vgn-ext-templating/ems/sol/HS808721.pdf)

Veteran’s Day

Veteran's Day - American Flag
Veteran's Day - American Flag

Veterans Day, November 11th, first introduced as Armistice Day by then President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The title it holds today, Veteran’s Day, come to be in 1954. The holiday is designed as a day of honor for all living American veterans who have served in wars throughout American history.

Fun Facts:

  • Armistice Day as it was then called on November 11, 1919, was not only the first Veteran’s Day, it marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I
  • There are roughly 21.9 million living veterans in the United States
  • California is the state with the most veterans

Volunteer FireFighters

Volunteer FireFighter
Volunteer FireFighter

Did you know that over 70% of all firefighters in the US are volunteer firefighters? In a country of freedom, over 800,000 men and women have decided to risk their life to protect their local communities. This is a powerful statement, much like the volunteer military Americans support each year, volunteer firefighters are everyday people who do extraordinary things. As a volunteer firefighter most support the community not only with their time and courage, but as community advocates supporting charities and teaching fire safety as well as acting as fundraisers. Many of the volunteer firefighters pay for their own training and purchase their own gear. Please take the time to thank any local volunteer firefighters in your community.

Source: NFPA.org

Thin Blue Line

Thin Blue Line Flag
Thin Blue Line

With the origins of the term dating back to the Crimean War, the “Thin Blue Line” has become a term and symbol that millions recognize as relating or affiliating with law enforcement. You have heard the term used on the news, television shows and movies and could deduct that it is a statement of solidarity and kinship. The symbol is as bold as it is symbolically simple with a blue band flanked by two black bands. The blue band represents the role of law enforcement as the center piece of maintaining societal order bonding as well as separating the worlds of good and evil.

The next time you see “Thin Blue Line” think about the role law enforcement plays in our society and the bravery that is displayed to achieve social order.