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On-demand webinar: Improving officer safety on the roadways

Addressing a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths

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Winter is arriving and with shorter daylight and inclement weather, first responders managing roadway incidents are at greater risk of being struck by a vehicle working a traffic stop, accident scene or assisting motorists. Yet others will be involved in a vehicle crash.

Motor vehicle-related incidents are a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for law enforcement officers in the United States – they are also preventable. Many of the problems that impact law enforcement traffic safety are within an officer’s control. From simple actions like wearing seat belts to making passenger-side approaches at traffic stops, this webinar – sponsored by Zebra and Microsoft – covers best practices officers can take to improve their personal safety on the roadway and in their vehicles. We also discuss mobile technologies that can reduce distractions inside the vehicle and minimize the amount of time officers spend outside their vehicles on the roadway.


“The speakers were very professional and came prepared.”

“Very informative as well as inspiring.”

“Applicable information for line level supervisors and command level supervisors to take to their teams.”

“Presenters have a vast level of experience. Great job presenting this topic that a lot of police officers choose to deny or ignore altogether.”

“The message was short, sweet and to the point.”



L - R: David Flory, Andre Sayles

David Flory is a senior research associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) Law Enforcement Safety and Wellness group. In this capacity, he serves as lead instructor and facilitator on the IIR team responsible for training and delivery of services related to the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, a national officer safety project developed at the direction of the U.S. Attorney General. His current responsibilities include classroom instruction, coordination, and on-site facilitation of VALOR training events and as the Program Lead for the National Law Enforcement Roadway Safety Program (NLERSP). Mr. Flory began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the Bedford, Texas, Police Department. Ultimately, he served for 31 years, the last 12 as police chief. He retired in 2015 from the Hot Springs, Arkansas, Police Department, after serving for five years as police chief.

Chief Andre Sayles was sworn in as Beloit’s 19th Police Chief on April 19, 2021. Sayles has an extensive background in community policing. He began his career with the Beloit Police Department in January of 2005, where he served as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and now chief. During Sayles’ tenure in Beloit, he led the Drug and Gang Investigative Unit, Community Outreach Unit, Defensive and Arrest Tactics Instructors (DAAT), Training Cadre, Mobile Field Force Unit, Tactical Operations Unit, Assessment and Recruitment Team (ART), and revitalized the Explorers program. Sayles is a graduate of Wisconsin Command College Class #6, Leadership in Police Organizations, and is the President of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (WLEEDA).