Why law enforcement officers should be trained emergency medical responders

Jim Dudley speaks with Eric Thomas O'Neal about adding yet another dimension to today’s law enforcement officer, that of a trained emergency medical responder

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Imagine you are a law enforcement officer first on scene of a mass shooting, or a choking child, or another officer or civilian has been critically injured and needs immediate attention. Are you up to the task? Is it even something you have been trained to handle?

In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, sponsored by Lexipol, host Jim Dudley speaks with Eric Thomas O'Neal about adding yet another dimension to today’s law enforcement officer, that of a trained emergency medical responder.

Eric spent 16 years as an EMS provider in California and spent 10 years in the global tac-med space in the Middle East as a contractor for the Emirate Presidential Guard and with the US Air Force, Live Tissue program. He co-founded the Raytom Group in 2016 and since then has trained over 5,000 providers in the public safety, military and partner nation verticals.

About our sponsor

This episode of the Policing Matters Podcast is brought to you by Lexipol, the experts in policy, training, wellness support and grants assistance for first responders and government leaders. To learn more, visit lexipol.com.

Top quotes from this episode

We sat down and thought how we could design a program specifically around law enforcement and what would make sense for them."  

Cops are so good at assessing scenes and when you teach them how to medically assess people, it is honestly the same thing. It is looking for possibilities and probabilities. Their ability for patient assessment is amazing. And their ability to want to learn is amazing."

Having law enforcement officers understand just the basics of emergency medicine can prevent so much."


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