Fedster + 1,307 Posted September 20, 2018 Share Posted September 20, 2018 Rise in vicious attacks sparks need for tourniquets used by army. Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith providing a demonstration (YouTube: HeartFM) Date - 20th September 2018 By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle Military-grade tourniquets are being supplied to every officer in one force as the severity of assaults against them increases. All Devon and Cornwall officers and PCSOs are undergoing training to learn how to apply the life-saving kit to themselves and will be expected to carry one as part of their personal protective equipment. The Combat Application Tourniquets, which are also used by the British Army, can be quickly applied using one hand and will be carried in equipment vests. Devon and Cornwall Police Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith told Police Oracle it was important to opt for this model in particular as officers will be able to tend to their injuries if they are single-crewed. “The tourniquets were chosen as they can be applied with one hand, he said. “An officer would never be able to get in the car if they were on their own.” He also explains there has been some nasty incidents over the past year leaving officers with long-lasting injuries – and one suffering from an arterial bleed two years ago - highlighting the need for tourniquets. Last year four officers were seriously injured in the force: one had their nose ripped open, another had their leg and ankle broken after it was stamped on whilst a further also has their leg broken and one suffered from a dislocated knee. The kit will also help victims given the rise in knife crime, Supt Drummond-Smith added. Official statistics released in July showed police in England and Wales recorded 40,147 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2018, a 16 per cent increase compared with the previous 12 months. This week all forces in England and Wales are taking part in the week-long crackdown codenamed Operation Sceptre. Devon and Cornwall Police is also planning an uplift in taser in a bid to reduce assaults on its officers, however Supt Drummond-Smith said it is not the perfect solution. “Unfortunately, as with all officers in the UK, there were quite a lot of assaults last year – we had over 700," he said. “But we are having an uplift in taser. We are moving to 85 per cent of officers carrying taser, which means all suitable officers will be offered training. “We think it will reduce assaults, but taser is not a panacea. It may reduce assaults, but it won’t eliminate them, and all the officers who suffered from serious injuries last year were in fact carrying them.” Andy Berry, chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation,welcomed the introduction of the new first-aid kit and said it “makes perfect sense.” There has been a rise in the number of assaults on officers in the force, however, the force is not good at collecting the data, according to Mr Berry. He added: “The data that has been collected shows an increase, but it’s difficult to say whether or not this is down to more officers reporting incidents. “If you look around the country there has been some nasty assaults. “Why would members of the public want to assault an emergency service worker trying to do their job? It’s ridiculous.” On the passing of the Assaults on Emergency Service Workers Bill, he said: “I hope that the courts will use that and the CPS. It is incumbent on them to push for greater use of their powers - but time will tell. “Officers can be sceptical of the changes, but it is a tool that is there and the role of the Fed needs to be examining whether or not the sentencing options are being used. “Will it put offenders off? I do not know. So much is done on the scale of not thinking.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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