January 2019
A message from our Executive Director...

Welcome to the first issue of our new monthly e-newsletter, Beat To Beat. We hope you enjoy this new way to keep you informed of the exciting news and programming of USDSA. Our aim is to advise you on future programming and report on previous events.

USDSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support and training of law enforcement officers. USDSA offers a highly acclaimed national training program presented FREE of charge to officers across the United States.

Our programs, which have been referred to as "life changing" by attendees, are cutting edge in real world law enforcement training. USDSA's nationally acclaimed training staff focuses on tactics and concepts which are easily learned and maintained and give officers the flexibility to deal with the countless challenging situations they encounter daily.

Additionally, USDSA donates much needed safety equipment to smaller, underfunded law enforcement entities at no charge to the department. This equipment includes ballistic body armor, preliminary breath testers (PBTs) to combat drunk driving, drug identification kits, traffic safety vests, first aid kits, and other safety-related items. Visit our equipment donations page to see some of the many donations we have made to law enforcement agencies around the United States.

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Thank you for your support of law enforcement,

David Hinners
Executive Director
US Deputy Sheriff's Association
A message from our National Training Director and Programs Coordinator...

In 2018, thanks to the generosity of our donors, USDSA experienced growth in our training and equipment donation programs. Below is a recap for all three USDSA programs.
End of Watch Program:
The USDSA has assisted the families of 136 city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers as of this date.  That translates to $136,000 donated to the beneficiaries of those we lost in the line of duty.
Safety Survival Training:
We conducted 26 different training seminars to city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers. We trained 275 law enforcement officers from 47 different agencies. Three of these training seminars were conducted at our National Headquarters/Training Center in Wichita.   We have already held several trainings in 2019 and there are many more already scheduled.  I am confident we will exceed the 2018 numbers.
Safety Equipment Program:
We assisted over 125 different city, county and state agencies with safety equipment. In 2018, we donated 1,937 pieces of equipment (example: ballistic vest, trauma kit, pair of strike pads counting as an item).

Some of the highlights of equipment donated:
-97 Ballistic Body Armor
-1,043 Emergency Belt Trauma Kits
-45 Ballistic Helmets
-9 Ballistic Shields
-77 Preliminary Breath Testers
-172 Tactical Flashlights
We assisted agencies in 40 different states and Washington D.C. If your agency is interested in free safety survival training or safety equipment, please contact me at

Thank you to all who have made our programming possible. It is our vision that all law enforcement officers make it home safely at the end of their shift.  We strive to give them a fighting chance.

Mike Willis
National Training Director & Programs Coordinator
US Deputy Sheriff's Association
Survival  Training
Basic Hand-To-Hand Combat Training Held

In November, USDSA trainers held a hand-to-hand survival training class in Kingman, KS.  Law enforcement officers from 14 different departments across the state attended.

This course is a hands-on approach to real world combative incidents, emphasizing officer survival and proper use of force. Footwork, striking, take-downs, control holds, and ground fighting are just some of what we covered. 

USDSA trainers emphasized the basics of hand-to hand combat. Students were taught drills to lay a foundation for future training. By chaining the basics together, the system becomes much more advanced. Officers worked at their own skill level, but the trainers pushed the students, physically, to show them they can keep going and never give up. Students finished the day exhausted but gained confidence in their own safety survival skills. 

Tactical Entry Training for WPD Officers

Pictured left to right: USDSA Executive Director David Hinners, USDSA Trainer Michael Lloyd and WPD Officers 
Kyle Mellard  and Brett Pearce
Pictured WPD Officers Cory Denton 
and Josh Rounkles
Officers from the Wichita Police Department gave up a day off to come to USDSA headquarters to work on their tactical entry skills.  This foundational program consists of close quarters combat training, tactical thinking, and teamwork drills. 

USDSA trainers designed this program for all  street level officers but has been presented to numerous tactical/SWAT teams, as well. This flexible system of room clearing techniques is taught to small groups, down to a two-person team. We teach proven tactics which can be used by any number of personnel in any type of structure, the reality of what officers face. 

Elements of dynamic entry, stealth search, and active shooter scenarios are addressed in the program. Officers worked on their teamwork approach and concepts for clearing any type of structure. They gained confidence not only in their abilities but also in those of their fellow officers.
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.
Houston County Texas Sheriff's Office
Pictured: Chief Deputy Shearer and Sheriff Bobbitt

We would like to thank you for the most generous donations of the PBT's, BTK and the Foldout Training mats. We have already received the PBT's and BTK's and are excited to receive the training mats. This will increase our participation in some of the floor level exercises that we conduct regularly.   Being in a financially responsible county, we do not purchase items like what you have donated us. Although, they are necessary, they are usually placed on a lower level of necessity.
The Sheriff and I really appreciate your donations and support and are looking forward to scheduling training from the USDSA.
Respectfully ,

GP Shearer, Chief Deputy
Wise County Virginia Sheriff's Office

I would like to personally thank you for the recent donation of the 12 ballistic helmets that we received from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association.  Due to budget constraints, we did not have funding for this safety equipment, even though it is essential for the safety of deputies in today's law enforcement environment.  Organizations such as yours provide a great service to law enforcement by providing equipment and training.

It is hard to express in words the gratitude I have for the United Stated Deputy Sheriff's Association and the great work you all are doing.  If I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


R.D. Oakes
Austin, MN Police Department

Please extend our thanks to USDSA for their donation of 34 trauma kits to the Austin Police Department. These kits were distributed to our 34 sworn officers during an in-house training event at our department on December 17, 2018.

We appreciate the generosity of the USDSA in making life-saving kits available to law enforcement agencies.

Thank you for your support and ongoing commitment to law enforcement agencies throughout the country.


Brian Krueger
Chief of Police
Bradley County Arkansas Sheriff's Office

We want to thank the USDSA for their generosity in helping get us the following items for our department:
  • Four Ballistic Body Armor
  • Two Model 500 PBT
  • One replacement straw package for PBT
Your assistance in donating this safety equipment is appreciated.  The body armor will be beneficial in protecting our deputies.  Our deputies protect Bradley County which has a population of 11,508.  We have a small department that consists of only four full-time deputies along with two part-time deputies.

Thank you again,

Sheriff Herschel Tillman
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.
Deputy Chase White
United States 
Marshal Service
 Deputy Antonio Hinostroza
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office California
Officer David Romrell
South Salt Lake Police Department
Officer Hunter Edwards
Winchester Police Department
Officer LeAnn Simpson
Philadelphia Police Department
Officer Jason Seals
Slidell Police Department
Officer Samuel Jimenez
Chicago Police Department 
Officer Jason Seals
Slidell Police Department
Officer Toshio Hirai
Gardena Police Department
Officer Jared Franks
Greensboro Police Department
North Carolina
Detective Larry Marrero
Miami Beach Police Department
Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff's Office California

Click here to visit our website for more End Of Watch Tributes
Other  News
USDSA Launches Post-Secondary 
Education  Scholarship Program

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the USDSA is pleased to announce 
a new post-secondary education scholarship program for dependent 
children of current, full-time commissioned law enforcement officers.
Click here for more information and to apply.
January Safety Tip: Identity Theft
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation.  While it can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. 
  • The first step to prevent identity theft is awareness of how and when you use your personal information. By keeping close tabs on your personal information, you can reduce your chances of becoming an identity theft victim. Memorize your Social Security number and passwords. Don't record your password on papers you carry with you.
  • Do not use your date of birth as your password.
  • Don't post your date of birth, mother's maiden name, first pet's name, or other personal information on websites like Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, or Twitter. They're often used to verify your identity and could allow an imposter electronic access to your accounts.
  • Shred pre-approved credit applications and other financial documents before discarding them.
  • Order credit reports every year from each of the major credit reporting agencies and thoroughly review them for accuracy
  • Never give personal or financial information over the phone or Internet unless you initiated the contact.
  • Do not carry your Social Security card or birth certificate with you.
  • Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
  • Check your monthly credit card and bank statements for unusual activity.
Important Contact Information for Identity Theft Victims
  • Trans Union - 1-800-680-7289
  • Experian - 1-888-397-3742
  • Equifax - 1-800-525-6285
United States Deputy Sheriff's Association
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Wichita, Kansas  67216