Beat To Beat
July 2019
Importance of Tactical Flashlights for Law Enforcement
Mike Willis

Every law enforcement officer should be carrying some type(s) of tactical flashlight(s) while on duty, and off duty if possible. It makes no difference whether you work day or night shift, a situation can arise at anytime where one can literally be a life saver. With today's technology LE can have a high quality, high lumen compact tactical light, whether it be weapons mounted, worn on the belt or carrier, or in their pocket. The importance of having a reliable light source cannot be understated and a tactical or crisis situation is not a time we want to "wish" we had one.

Weapons mounted tactical lights allow an officer two-handed weapons handling, quickly being able to identify a threat, and accuracy in dealing with this if need be. They are mounted on the weapon and therefore always available as the firearm is.

But many low light situations don't involve the need for LE having their weapon drawn. We don't want to be checking someone's drivers license information utilizing our weapons mounted light obviously. Therefore, I also recommend always having a hand-held tactical light on your duty belt or carrier, or at least in a pocket (or both). These of course can be used in conjunction with your firearm as needed but also have unlimited uses with everyday tasks when a weapon is not needed at the time. This gives us a back-up tactical light source in the event of one failing, which does occur.

Law enforcement face unknown situations every day, and many of these occur in darkness or low light. We need to train and be prepared for the worst, making anything less seem a lot easier. Being prepared and having the proper tools with us will greatly enhance our chances of a positive outcome.

As always train hard and be safe!

Mike Willis
National Training Director / Law Enforcement Program Director
US Deputy Sheriff's Association
Survival  Training
USDSA Hosted by Geary County Sheriff's Office for Training

On June 6th and June 7th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Geary County Sheriff's Office in Kansas for two of our Tactical Entry / Active Shooter courses. These courses were attended by deputies from Geary County Sheriff's Office and officers from Junction City Police Department.

These free classes consists of close quarters combat training, tactical thinking, and teamwork drillsThis flexible system of room clearing techniques is taught to small groups, down to a two-person team. Elements of dynamic entry, stealth search, and active shooter scenarios are taught.

A participant of the training said "Great training. . .Very knowledgeable instructors. Opened my eyes on some things. Highly Recommend"

Check out our YouTube for video from this training and more!
Geary County Sheriff's Office, Kansas
Additional Training by United States Deputy Sheriff's Association

On June 11th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Barber County Sheriff's Office in Kansas for our Felony / High Risk Car Stop Course. This course was attended by deputies from Barber County Sheriff's Office and officers from Medicine Lodge Police Department.

On June 17th, our Trainers were hosted by Benedict College Police Department in South Carolina for our Felony / High Risk Car Stop Course. In attendance were officers from the Benedict College Police Department and officers from Allen University Police Department.

On June 18th, Benedict College Police Department in South Carolina hosted us again for our Tactical Entry / Active Shooter Course. Officers from Benedict College Police Department and from Allen University Police Department attended.

Safety Tip of the Month: Firework Safety

Independence Day for many means the use of fireworks. While they can be fun, there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind.
  • Only use fireworks in safe locations meaning outside, away from homes, flammable materials, and dry grass/fields
  • Children using fireworks should always be closely supervised
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands, and do not throw or point them towards other people
  • Keep distance from lighted fireworks, and give them time to be sure they fully finished before re-approaching them
  • Keep a container of water near to fully extinguish used, and malfunctioning fireworks, as well as in case of a fire
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.
Rumford Police Department, Maine

I am writing to express the Rumford Police Department's sincere appreciation to Mike Willis and the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association for supplying us with emergency belt trauma kits. Our department has been searching for a belt mounted trauma kit to fit our particular needs without success. 

We learned about the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association and began communication; the process could not have been easier or faster. Communication began on May 29th and the kits were delivered to the police department on May 31st. The kits are the perfect compact size to fit on our already over loaded duty belts and outfitted with quality gear.

Again the Rumford Police Department greatly appreciates Mike Willis and the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association's generosity.

Rumford Police Department

Bracken County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Dear Mike and USDSA Staff,

The Bracken Co Sheriff's Office has received the Point Blank ballistic shield your organization has donated. We sincerely appreciate your generous donation of this much needed equipment. This equipment will provide our officers and neighboring agencies additional protection when conducting tactical deployments. Thank you USDSA for keeping our officers safe.

Detective Robert Boody
Bracken CO Sheriff's Office
Bernice Police Department, Oklahoma

It is with the deepest appreciation that I write to you today. I wish to convey my sincere thanks for your generous donation of two sets of body armor and six belt carry trauma kits.

We are a small Municipality in Northeast Oklahoma and have extremely limited resources. We could not have obtained these items without your help. Now I have the peace of mind of knowing that my Officers are adequately protected as they go about their duties. 

On behalf of all Law Enforcement, I just want to say thank you for what you do to stand with those of us in the field.

Travis Lowe
Bernice 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.
K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon
Mooresville Police Department, North Carolina
Officer Robert McKeithen
Biloxi Police Department, Mississippi
Officer Anthony Neri
Sanibel Police Department, Florida
Trooper Matthew Elias Gatti
Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee
Constable Willie Houston West
Lowndes County Constable's Office, Mississippi
Sergeant Kelvin Ansari
Savannah Police Department, Georgia
Officer William Buechner
Auburn Police Department, Alabama
Lieutenant Joseph Johnson
Seminole Police Department, Florida
Lieutenant Steven Whitstine
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

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