Beat To Beat
October 2019
Trauma Kits Save Lives
Mike Willis

One of the safety supplies the USDSA provides to law enforcement agencies across the country is the emergency belt trauma kit. This compact nylon case contains life-saving items law enforcement officers can use to treat themselves or others until medical professionals arrive. Where medics cannot respond safely due to an active situation or cannot respond timely due to rural location, the kit can make the difference between survival and death.
The following is an excerpt from a letter we received from a recipient of an emergency belt trauma kit courtesy of the USDSA:
I am emailing you to once again to thank you for the belt mounted trauma kits that you have supplied our police department and share a success story.
My partner and I responded to a shots fired complaint and located a male with a single gunshot wound to his leg. Prior to us being supplied with the kits I would have had to run to my car and retrieve a tourniquet or attempt to make one on scene. The scene was us on the second floor of an apartment building and my cruiser was at least 50 yards from the building. The kit allowed me to carry the gear I needed and perform the first aid the victim needed until our medical providers were cleared to enter the residence and treat the subject.

Thank you again. 

Patrolman L. Briggs
Rumford Police Department, ME

These emergency belt trauma kits we donate to agencies are a priority for the USDSA because these can and do save lives. Officer Briggs went above and beyond the call of duty as the men and women of law enforcement do everyday to protect those they serve. It is law enforcement who run toward the danger and who have a passion to serve their community.
When on the road and taking calls, I was very happy to see the EMS professionals arrive on scene at critical incidents to treat those in need. But I also recognized it was my duty to have some basic skills as a first responder. I encourage everyone in law enforcement, and civilians as well, to acquire some training and basic knowledge of immediate care including CPR, tourniquet application, and wound dressing. These skills do save lives and the life you save might be your own or someone dear to you. The USDSA will continue to do all we can to assist the men and women of law enforcement across the nation.
Mike Willis
USDSA National Training Director/
LE Program Director
Survival  Training
USDSA Hosted by Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina for Training

On July 29th & 30th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina for two Tactical Entry / Active Shooter Response Training courses.

This foundational program consists of close quarters combat training, tactical thinking, and teamwork drills. Deputies from Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and members of the North Carolina Probation and Parole were in attendance.

USDSA Hosted by Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, Virginia for Training

On August 5th & 6th, Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy in Virginia for two of our courses: Instinctive Hand to Hand Combat and Felony / High Risk Car Stops.

 In attendance were members of the Rockingham Sheriff's Department, Staunton Police Department, Culpeper Police Department, Harrisonburg Police Department, Augusta Sheriff's Department, and the Louisa Police Department.

Safety Tip of the Month: Halloween

It's the spookiest time of the year. Costumes, candy, and tricks are a great deal of fun, but there are some safety considerations to keep in mind.
  • Make sure all costumes, wigs, and accessories are fire-resistant.
  • When out after dark, make sure children (and parents) are visible to vehicles by having reflective tape on bags or costumes or by using glow sticks.
  • On Halloween night, motorists should be extra aware of potential pedestrians crossing, or walking in the street.
  • Trick or Treat in familiar, well-lit areas, and do not allow children to enter the homes of strangers. 
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.
Aragon Police Department, Georgia

Dear: United States Deputy Sheriff's Association

The Aragon Police Department would like to express our sincere thanks for the donation of the ballistic shield. The process was extremely easy and straightforward. Your organization has made it possible for us to continue in making our agency not only a safer place to work for our officers, but also for the citizens. Your organization is a true champion for the field of public safety.

Staff Sergeant Michael Evans
Aragon Police Department
Hoxie Police Department, Kansas

Mr. Willis,

On behalf of the Hoxie Police Department I would like to express our gratitude towards the support the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association has offered us throughout the years.

With the addition of our most recent donation from your organization we will be able to utilize it in helping us combat Drunk Driving and Minor in Consumption issues. Without your help we would not be able to have the most up to date and advanced equipment available.

Chief Brenton A Boese
Wythe County Sheriff's Office, Virginia


I can't express my thanks to the USDSA for the flashlights. We recently had a deputy get shot while working one night so we all know the value of a good flashlight. It was good to see not only did you provide a flashlight but a high-quality tactical flashlight.

This is the second time I have called upon the USDSA and you have come through with my request. It is a great feeling having your Association in our corner when we need you. It's hard to find anyone willing to donate anything to help first responders in this day and time.

Again, thank you for all that you do!
Major A.R. Cline
Mingo County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

I want to Thank the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association as well as Z-Medica on their recent donation of 25 Emergency Belt Trauma Kits to my department. This life saving tool is something that my deputies can have at their disposal if the need shall arise for not only their own safety but also the public's.

Sheriff James Smith
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.
Correctional Administrator Debra Johnson
Tennessee Department of Corrections, TN
Officer Andre Maurice Moye Jr
California Highway Patrol, California
Deputy Stephanie Schreurs
Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Iowa
Deputy Carlos Cammon
Orange County Sheriff's Department, California
Trooper Nicholas J Hopkins
Illinois State Police, Illinois
Deputy Jose Luis Blancarte
Kinney County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Trooper Moises Sanchez
Texas Department of Public Safety-Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Deputy Jeremy Voyles
Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department

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 awarded to the dependent children of Law Enforcement Officers across the United States of America. 

One scholarship recipient wrote to us:

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