A common problem among Public Safety Professionals is that your loved ones don’t know enough about the Public Safety industry to choose a thoughtful gift. Here are 10 categories of gifts you can pass along to help your family and friends in their search: Continue reading Hint, Hint: 10 Gift Ideas for Public Safety Professionals
Working during the holidays is a fact of life with your profession. Holidays can include any special day: the big game, the season finale, the family milestone, etc. Even if you get the time off, a big event can result in you being recalled. While others get to spend time with their family and friends, you end up on the streets working calls – calls that are probably the worst ones of the year. Here are 9 tips to make the best of it: Continue reading 9 Tips to Make the Best of Working the Holidays
Public safety professionals constantly work in close proximity to traffic. Each driver’s ability to see, recognize and maneuver around responders amongst split seconds of visual clutter is crucial in preventing tragedy. Continue reading Traffic Safety: 5 Considerations to Stand Out and Stay Safe
Bates SRT and SRT-7 offer a new generation of footwear for public service professionals. Designed with action-contoured DuraFLEX instead of conventional leather uppers, these boots and shoes move faster and take corners sharper, just like high performance athletic shoes. Continue reading Bates Launches Athletic, Lightweight Tactical Footwear
Start the New Year strong with a new body camera and dash camera. The Bureau of Justice Administration estimates that between 4,000 and 6,000 law enforcement agencies are planning to adopt or already adopted body worn cameras. Both of these pieces of equipment help make law enforcement officers’ jobs easier. Below are some of the top sellers to help you decide if you’re looking to get an upgrade this year. Continue reading New Body Worn and Dash Cameras
Not all people walk in the same way; some people walk with an outward or inward tilt. If you’re one of these people, you may find your shoes uncomfortable. If you find your shoes uncomfortable after work and everyday activities, you may be wearing shoes designed for someone with a different walk. Many footwear companies will try and compensate for this by stiffening up a portion of the shoe where a person is over compensating their step. Locking the buyer into whatever state the footwear is designed for, no matter what their personal walk is. Those who spend large amount on their feet know how crucial comfortable footwear is and the difference a good shoe can make. Continue reading Bates Individual Comfort System
As the holiday season quickly approaches, remember to thank those who perform necessary but often under-appreciated jobs. First responders are known to have one of the most straining jobs, taking a toll on the responder’s moral. Giving thanks is a great way to show first responders how much you care about their work for the community. Even a small amount of gratitude can help these responders through a difficult time and push them into a positive state of mind. Continue reading Ways to Thank First Responders
Working as a law enforcement officer can certainly be a satisfying and rewarding job. However, it can just as easily be a stressful one. Working in law enforcement places a lot of responsibility and burdens on one’s shoulders, and sometimes it’s hard to remember that we are only human and sometimes need to take care of ourselves as well. While there’s no surefire way to eliminate stress in the workplace or reduce job fatigue, here are a few tips for helping to handle and reduce the stress you might face while on the job. Continue reading Tips for Handling Stress in Law Enforcement
The human foot is made of dozens of tiny individual bones, as well as numerous muscles, ligaments, and nerves. On top of that, the foot serves as a necessary component to one of our most basic methods of transportation. It’s safe to say that without the use of our feet we’d have difficulty going anywhere. Unfortunately, our feet are easily smashed by falling objects, run over by cars, slammed into doors, and many other dangerous activities. That’s why it’s critical to have proper safety footwear to make sure one of your body’s most vital parts is kept safe during both everyday and potentially dangerous activities, both on and off duty.
It can be difficult, with modern technological advances, to keep track of what’s the best material or component for safety footwear. There are a number of brands, such as 5.11, Mascot, and Bates that all provide safety footwear, but of varying specifications and materials. It’s not as easy as simply picking the heaviest or most inflexible boots. Advancements in technology have reduced the need for extra thick materials and opened the way for equally safe but much more flexible and breathable options. Here are some of the features to consider when making your safety footwear purchase:
Recently, safety footwear has started moving towards a more athletic look and feel. With this trend has come advancements in synthetic materials, which can be more lightweight and durable than leather. If you’re used to wearing sneakers or other athletic footwear, then choosing something with synthetic materials may be more comfortable and familiar to you. It may also be preferable if you’re on your feet a lot or anticipate foot pursuits.
However, leather is still a viable option. Leather is breathable, durable, and naturally molds to the shape of your foot for extra comfort. There are also shoes that combine the use of leather as well as synthetic materials, which results in a shoe that has the best of both worlds. The height of the shoe is also something to take into consideration. If you find yourself often working in places with debris or in the outdoors, then consider shoes that extend to at least eight or ten inches in height to protect your lower legs and ankles.
For the outsoles of safety shoes, you’ll typically see the traditional rubber bottoms since it provides excellent anti-slip and grip qualities to prevent you from slipping in wet weather or when walking on slick surfaces. Various synthetic rubbers have also started hitting the market such as TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), PU (polyurethane) and EVA (Ethel-Vinyl-Acetate) which promote a lighter weight, greater flexibility, and greater cushioning. You may want to purchase shoes that are puncture resistant, as unknown nails and other sharp objects can pierce a lesser quality shoe and cause serious injury.
Additionally, you never know when you may respond to a particularly messy call or crime scene, which could contain blood borne pathogens or toxic chemicals. If this is a normal hazard in your occupation, then make sure your shoes are blood borne and pathogen resistant.
Finally, the most common feature associated with safety footwear is the toecap. This, typically steel, cap covers the toe end of the shoe to prevent accidents like sudden blows to the foot or sudden compression. In public safety, it’s crucial to protect your feet from potential harm since it’s easy for your feet to be run over, stepped on or crushed. The human toe is fairly fragile, and it takes the natural strength of steel to provide that added protection to the area. However, some shoes have started using aluminum alloys instead of steel. These toecaps are typically more durable, but are much heavier as the material needs to be layered on thicker than steel.
In the end, it all depends on what you’re looking for, as there are a number of different options to choose when deciding what pair of safety footwear works for you.
The colors of the flag in our nation’s Great Seal were ascribed particular meanings by the secretary of the Continental Congress. What these colors represent is so strikingly similar to our public safety servants that it’s rather difficult to differentiate between the two.
- Red stands for hardiness and valor, and who portrays these characteristics more than our public safety servants? No one. Like the flag that ever waves — regardless of the battle fire that blazes around it, threatening to singe and destroy the flag at its seams — so the public safety servant stands tall and strong. And not just tall and strong, but relentless — relentless in spirit, grit and courage. The kind of relentlessness that drives a person to save a stranger from a burning building; the kind of relentlessness that drives a person to put himself in unspeakable danger in his pursuit to wipe drugs off the streets and out of the schools; the kind of relentlessness that drives a person to give his life on foreign soil for the freedom of a nation not his own.
- White stands for purity and innocence. When the flag is hoisted, we are reminded of a nation that was birthed from the simple hope that citizens could form their own government, free from the oppression of tyranny. To live and breathe and work in a democracy guarded and protected from corruption, where the wellbeing and rights of the innocent are defended and protected. When we see our public safety servants rushing to rescue those whose rights are being violated, we see the deepest form of human purity and innocence in action: the selfless disregard of one’s own interests for the good of another.
- Blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. For more than two centuries the flag has persevered through warfare, terroristic attacks and natural disasters. For longer than that, our public safety servants have persevered through the worst conditions imaginable to keep our nation and her citizens safe.
What drives a man or woman to sacrifice without hesitation? Where does the unflagging devotion to service, honor and justice come from? Only a public safety servant could answer these questions. Regardless of the answers, we are thankful that you do what you do. Like the U.S. Flag, you cease not to give us hope, preserve our freedom and keep us safe.