Beat To Beat
August 2019
What You Practice Is What You Will Do
Brian Boling

There is an old saying that "practice makes perfect" however we have learned over the years that only "perfect practice makes perfect." What you practice is what you will do under stress. Right or wrong. If the practiced techniques are not revisited from time to time, you are setting yourself up to react rather than respond in a time of crisis.

Practice involves multiple layers for effective crisis response. Techniques are both physical and mental, therefore we must commit to taking an active role in both the physical and mental training aspects of our techniques; they are the foundation of what will save your life in a critical situation. What you practice is what you will do under stress.

In the book "On Combat" by Lt. Col Dave Grossman he talks about mental awareness and mental crisis rehearsal. Police officers operate, on a normal daily basis, with a heart rate of 90 BPM to 140 BPM depending on the call for service. And we learn to deal with that effectively.

When you cross into a sustained 115-125 BPM your fine motor skills begin to deteriorate.

When you reach 145 BPM and higher, rational thought is gone and you begin to see the deterioration of the gross motor skills. These are your most basic skills.

And the longer this is sustained and the higher your BPM goes, the more you become a candidate for what Lt. Col, Grossman describes as mental condition black or mental shut down, unless you know specific techniques such as auto-genic breathing and unless you have practiced skills to be used in crises situations.

The skills/techniques you want to call upon, in time of crisis, or in the times when the community or fellow officers need your help the most, must be practiced both physically and mentally. You in fact want to convert practiced skills into rituals/habits. It will be those habits that will save your life or the lives of others so long as you are practicing the correct skills.

Aristotle said "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.  We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly.  We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."    

We are all really good at fire drills. Why? Because we practiced them until they became rituals or habits. So why not do this for yourself as a chosen law enforcement professional.

Brian Boling
National Trainer
US Deputy Sheriff's Association
Survival  Training
USDSA Hosted by Chester County Sheriff's Office for Training

On July 16th, 17th, and 18th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Chester County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina for three of our Tactical Entry / Active Shooter Courses. The courses were attended by law enforcement officers from five different agencies including Chester County Sheriff's Office, Chester Police Department, South Carolina State Constables, Fort Lawn Police Department and Great Falls Police Department.

These free classes teach elements of dynamic entry, stealth search, and active shooter scenarios are addressed. USDSA trainers teach proven tactics which can be used by any number of personnel in any type of structure.

A participant of the training said "Instructors were well knowledgeable and presented the information in a passionate way. Thank you"

Safety Tip of the Month: Water Safety

While enjoying cooling off in the summer months by spending time in the water, it is important to keep safety in mind to prevent drownings.
  • Have a dedicated supervisor whenever children are near pools and other bodies of water
  • Pools at home should be fenced off with self-latching gates, and small play pools should be emptied after use and stored upside down
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets when near large bodies of water
  • Be prepared for a water emergency including knowledge of water rescue, calling 911, and CPR
Equipment  Donations
USDSA's equipment donation program provides safety equipment, free of charge, to under-funded departments.  Below, are a few thank you letters we have received this past month.  To see the complete listing of the many departments we have supported through this program, CLICK HERE.
Edgewood ISD Police Department, Texas

Dear Mr. Mike Willis, United States Deputy Sheriff's Association,

On behalf of the Edgewood ISD Police Department, we want to thank you for donating eight ballistic helmets to our department. Eight of our officers recently went through a SWAT certification course training. With budgets issues we have had to wait to acquire equipment needed for our new Emergency Response Unit. These helmets will be a great tool in a time of an emergency. 

Once again thank you for your generosity. If we can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. 

Chief Jesse Quiroga
Delphos Police Department, Ohio

Dear United States Deputy Sheriff's Association,

On behalf of the Delphos Police Department I would like to thank The United States Deputy Sheriff's Association for your donation of 12 emergency belt trauma kits. I hope that the day never comes that they are needed, but if that day does it is good to know our officers now have this life saving equipment.

Thank you for your support.


Sgt. Alec Cooper
Delphos Police Department
South Pymatuning Police Department, Pennsylvania

Dear Mike Willis:

On behalf of myself, the Township Supervisors, our Police Officers and the people of South Pymatuning, PA.
I would like to thank you and your organization for the assistance in getting our Department the necessary emergency medical equipment for our vehicles and officers. The trauma kits will be placed in each of our police vehicles and allow each officer to have the ability to "stop the bleed" in the unfortunate event of a traumatic injury to themselves, a fellow officer, or any of the public we serve. Time is essence in these situations as waiting on rescue to be able to safely treat the injured is not always assured. Also, the assistance given in acquiring the narcotic field-testing kits are also appreciated. In our area, sadly we are experiencing the scourges that narcotic addiction brings. We are committed to do our part and end this epidemic. The addition of these kits will make our job easier and being able to bring violators prosecution to a successful ending. Thank you again and to the whole United States Deputies Organization for the assistance you give. It is much appreciated.

Paul G Ferm
Chief of Police
Hazlehurst Police Department, Georgia

United States Deputy Sheriff's Association,

I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for your donation of flash lights and trauma packs to our department. To each of your staff, team members and volunteers, we are truly grateful for the work, dedication and time you devote to make donations like these possible. With your donation our officers will be better equipped and prepared for the many tasks they face on a daily basis. If there is anything we may do or help with in the future please do not hesitate to ask. 

Ken M Williams
Chief of Police
End  Of  Watch
When a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, the loss is a tragedy for the family and the community they serve. The USDSA honors all law enforcement officers who  make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of our communities. We urge everyone to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. 

USDSA provides a cash donation to the primary beneficiary or memorial fund of any law enforcement officer in the United States, who perishes in the line of duty.  If you would like to contribute to this memorial fund, you may donate here.

Remembering those we lost, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and communities.
Officer William J Leahy
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Police Department, New Jersey
Officer Albert J Castaneda
Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas
Officer Esmeralda P Ramirez
Los Angeles Police Department, California
Sergeant David Jones Fitzpatrick
The Colony Police Department, Texas
Deputy Julius Jamal Dailey
Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Alabama
Officer Steven J Brown
Port St. Lucie Police Department, Florida
Trooper William Moden
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
Officer John D Hetland
Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

Officer Tara Christina O'Sullivan
Sacramento Police Department, California
Trooper Jerry L Smith
Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska
Corporal Jose Espericueta
Mission Police Department, Texas
Officer Michael Langsdorf
North County Police Cooperative, Missouri

Deputy Troy P Chisum
Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Click here to visit our website for more End Of Watch Tributes
Other  News
Scholarships Awarded for the Dependent Children of Law Enforcement

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, USDSA is pleased to announce that scholarships have been offered coast to coast, to the dependent children of Law Enforcement Officers for their higher education at their Colleges & Universities of choice.

One scholarship recipient wrote:

I am writing to thank you for awarding me the Steven Van Dyke Memorial Scholarship. I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of this award. 

I will be attending the University of Arkansas and will major in Political Science. I plan to pursue a career in federal law enforcement upon graduating. I am excited about the opportunities college has to offer and am looking forward to meeting all of the demands and challenges that await. The financial assistance this scholarship provides will be a great help in paying my educational expenses, and will allow me to focus more on my studies. 

Again, thank you very much for your generosity and in supporting me in my educational pursuits.

Liam Heagney
U. Arkansas class of 2023

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