Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines are based on recent accidental deaths, assaults, and murders of California Peace Officers.  These strategies are offered to enhance awareness and confidence.  The consideration of best policing practices will benefit any peace officer who may find themselves in similar situations.

These guidelines are extremely important for supervisors who are tasked with leading, mentoring, training, and supervising.  Managers are encouraged to consider the equipment, practices and policies within their organizations, constantly evaluating their agency’s officer safety culture.

  • Avoiding Complacency
  • Being Aware of a Criminal’s Hands
  • Being Overconfident
  • Carrying a Backup Firearm and Extra Ammunition
  • Completing a Threat Assessment
  • Creating an Off-Duty Safety Plan
  • Developing and Practicing Tactical Plans
  • Ensuring Tactical Discipline During Building Entries and Searches
  • Failing to Recognize Danger Signs
  • Having the Courage to Speak Up when Unsafe
  • Leading and Mentoring Others
  • Maintaining a Will to Survive and Win
  • Notifying Dispatch
  • Operating Police Vehicle within the Limits of Your Ability
  • Preparing for When versus If I am Shot
  • Providing Person Down Rescue Training
  • Recognizing Actionable Information
  • Selecting Effective Tactics when Responding to Crimes in Progress
  • Training for Your Moment in Time
  • Understanding and Using Force
  • Using Cover
  • Utilizing Backup and Law Enforcement Resources
  • Wearing Body Armor and Ballistic Helmets
  • Wearing Seat Belts
  • Working with Contact and Cover during Stops