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Police Preppers: 10 Precautions You Should Take Today

In Law Enforcement, you never know when a typical day will suddenly go south. A simple stop at a convenience store might turn into a full-on, hand-to-hand ambush. A call-out on a rural, icy back road might spin into hours stranded in the snowy night. In addition to the usual lists of gear and training, here is a checklist of 10 precautions (some obvious, some not) that you should definitely consider: Continue reading Police Preppers: 10 Precautions You Should Take Today

Follow proper police procedure to stay safe while on duty

How can you better protect yourself and your fellow officers?

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

Almost every law enforcement or public safety situation has its own specific methodology for doing this – that’s where your initial and ongoing training comes in to play along with your experience.

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 public they serve. Proper procedures also allow law enforcement to be managed legally, efficiently and safely.

Here are more tips for staying safe while on duty:

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.

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.

4 Sometimes Overlooked Tips For Gun Range Safety

 

If you’re in law enforcement and regularly carry a weapon as part of your job description, you’re sure to spend some time at the gun range. Practice makes perfect. And when you’re firing a weapon, you want to be as efficient, as effective and as safe as you can

Gun Range Safety
Gun Range Safety - Think Safety First

possibly can be – both for yourself and those around you.

Fortunately, gun ranges are pretty safe environments. There are rules in places as well as professional staff who keep things running smoothly. Plus, anyone who’s handling or shooting weapons on the ranges is carrying a heightened sense of awareness which translates into safety.

We all know the obvious rules for gun range safety:

Always treat the gun as loaded

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction – down range and away from others

Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot

Follow the rules of the range or the range master

And there are certainly other rules that most gun enthusiasts know by heart.

But there are some other, sometimes overlooked, tips for gun range safety:

Again, if you’re an instructor or you’re logging dozens of hours per year at the range, you’re probably well aware of these. But if you’re new to the range, keep these tips in mind the next time you’re going to shoot.

#1

Understand the handling characteristics of the gun you are using. Your weapon is a mechanical device…a machine designed for one purpose. Learning how the gun was constructed and what actually makes it ‘work’ is essential to gun safety. Learn about the gun you’re shooting – how does it handle, how do the parts that make up the gun interact with each other, what makes it different than other guns you generally shoot? Handguns made by different manufacturers will be different from one another in certain ways. More powerful weapons will handle differently than less powerful ones. Having an appreciation for and an understanding of your weapon(s) will help make your experience at the range just a little bit safer.

# 2

This sounds simple, but proper ammunition is key. This also goes along with Tip # 1 and understanding your weapon. Your weapon was designed and built to be used with specific ammunition. Using improper ammunition risks damaging your weapon or injuring yourself.

# 3

Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing. This is seemingly obvious too, but it’s one more thing to consider even if you’re abiding by the golden rules of…Always treat the gun as loaded…andAlways keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. If you follow all three of these rules at the same time – and the rule of keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot – you are taking some very simple, yet extremely effective steps to being more safe at the range.

# 4

Be in the moment. If you’re serious about your practice, you’re serious about your safety. As soon as you enter the front door of the gun range, you should be completely focused on the task at hand. You have a weapon that can very quickly cause injury or death to yourself and others. This understanding of the seriousness of your time at the range should be a driving force in taking precaution and following the rules of the range and general gun safety.

Aware shooters are safe shooters. Gun ranges can be – and generally are – very safe environments. It’s up to the range and its staff – as well as the individual shooter – to help convey safe shooting practices.

Resources:

NRA Gun Safety Rules

National Shooting Sports Foundation Gun Safety Rules

Police One Gun Safety Rules

Be safe out there and enjoy the range! For duty gear and tactical gear to be used while at the range, on duty or off duty visit Galls.com.

 

 

 

What Makes A Boot A Tactical Boot?

 

It’s a valid question – what make a boot a tactical boot?

Tactical boots for cops
What is a Tactical Boot?

Aren’t all boots just some sort of combination of leather, rubber and laces?

The answer to that is this…if you’re using any kind of boot for a specific purpose relating to work – especially if you’re military, law enforcement or some other form of public safety – then yes, it’s kinda considered a tactical boot.

But generally, a tactical boot is a boot that is designed to specifically handle the rigors of certain duties.

Designers of tactical boots understand how the boots are going to be used in the field, on duty and in certain situations. Once the intention of use is understood, the designers use specific components and techniques to build the boots.

Here are some key features of tactical boots:

  • fast, lightweight and responsive – tactical boot needs to be an extension of your movements
  • cutting-edge design features – but mixed with a foundation of a traditional construction process
  • ankle support, sole support, toe protection – all make for happy feet
  • quiet soles – you need to move quietly in any tactical situation
  • oil, mud and water slip resistance – sure footing is key
  • proven durability and ruggedness – you don’t want boots that will let you down
  • functions under pressure – laces don’t break, zipper won’t catch, construction of boot won’t compromise your efforts
  • a great value – yes, you have to keep budget in mind

If you work in security, law enforcement, the military or some other aspect of public safety, you probably rely on the quality construction of your duty boots to keep you going.

At Galls, we only sell tactical boots and duty boots that we know will meet the requirements above. And we carry them from top brands like 5.11 Tactical, Bates Boots, Oakley, Under Armour, Duty Pro and more.

A tactical boot is a boot that has your back, like a trusted partner you can rely on in any situation.

To see a wide selection of top performing tactical boots, visit Galls.com.

To get deals on tactical boots and other gear, join the Galls email promotions list here.

 

Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Up 14% In 2011

According to the 2011 Mid-Year Office Fatality Report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, law enforcement officer deaths are up 14% from 2010.

National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund statistics
Courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

This is a disturbing trend as 2010 also represented an increase in officer fatalities from the year prior (though 2009 thankfully represented lower than average total numbers of work related deaths).

To read the full report, click through to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. You can also make donations to the fund at their website.

Of the 98 officers who were killed during the first six months of this year,

  • 40 officers died by gunfire
  • 21 died in automobile crashes
  • 16 deaths through job related illnesses
  • 7 officers killed after being struck by automobiles
  • 5 killed in motorcycle crashes
  • 2 officers struck by a train
  • 1 death per an aircraft crash
  • 1 officer death due to beating
  • 1 death due to electrocution
  • 1 death due to a fall
  • 1 death by bomb blast
  • 1 officer was was crushed
  • 1 officer was strangled

As Doug Wyllie, senior editor at Police One points out, the 2011 Mid-Year Fatality report is frustrating. He offers greater insight into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of police safety.

What can be done to reduce the number of officer fatalities? A continued and concentrated focus on personal safety and partner safety is important. So is continued training, applying the correct tactics and use of proper equipment. Here are some other methods for staying while on duty.

While the majority of safety procedures are known to officers, there are other support systems in place to help supplement training. One example is the Police Officers Safety Association. Their guiding mission is: “to reduce the numbers of law enforcement officers injured and killed in the line of duty through training and education.” To learn more, visit the Police Officers Safety Association website.

If nothing more, hopefully the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund mid-year report helps to serve as a reminder that officer safety is extremely important and that a greater community of concerned individuals and entities continue to seek ways to make the law enforcement profession safer.

Be safe out there – Galls.

Help Celebrate Public Safety Appreciation Month With Galls

In honor of National Safety Month, Galls is pleased to announce Public Safety Appreciation Month to recognize all of the men and women who work in public safety roles across the country.

We value your commitment and service to your local communities and to the nation at large. And we are extremely proud of the new and ongoing relationships we’ve established with:

  • Police Officers
  • Public Safety Officers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Fighters
  • Emergency Medical Responders
  • Federal Officials
  • Military Personnel

Through the Galls.com website, Galls Facebook page, Galls Twitter and through the Galls Blog, we’ve been able to have real conversations with you. We absolutely enjoy it.

Your engagement and interaction with us – your personal stories, your links to news reports and your shared accolades for others – shows how much you care about your fellow public safety officers.

We truly appreciate the connections we’ve made with you.

Please drop us a line to say hello – we’d love to talk.

 

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.