(November 2019, click for details)
As Chief Smith indicated at a recent “Coffee With A Cop” event, our Juno Beach Police have an average response time of 2.9 minutes to emergency calls. And oftentimes our Officers are on scene before Fire-Rescue. It’s important therefore that our men in blue have the training to handle medical emergencies until the Paramedics arrive.
All of our Police Officers have been trained in CPR, but the protocol has changed in recent years and the training mannequins that were donated many years ago by the American Heart Association were old… and of a different style and format than today’s teaching.
Chief Smith made a Grant Request to the Police Foundation for the purchase of six adult and six pediatric training mannequins so that his Officers, and at a later date, residents who were interested, could be trained.
The Foundation approved the Grant Request and the items were purchased in November 2019.
Ballistic helmets for officers
The fourth project that the Police Foundation is working on is to provide ballistic helmets to the members of our Juno Beach Police Department.
While we continue to hope and pray that a high-intensity ‘active shooter’ incident will never occur in Juno Beach, we must make every effort to ensure that our police officers have the necessary equipment to protect themselves. Our police officers can’t help others unless they are safe and protected themselves.
Juno Beach police officers are currently equipped with active shooter ballistic vests that help mitigate high powered rifle shots. But surveys and interviews with convicted felons show that cop-killers are aware of that and are now more focused on head-shots. The
safety and survival of our officers is crucial to the safety and survival of the entire community.
This purchase of this equipment took place in May 2019.
The third project that the Police Foundation is working on is the SaferWatch smartphone app for the residents of Juno Beach.
SaferWatch is another way for the Juno Beach Police Department to partner with the Juno Beach community, to enhance public safety and quality-of-life. The SaferWatch application is a smartphone tool that allows the Juno Beach community to connect directly with the Juno Beach Police Department. With the SaferWatch App, you can report a tip in non-emergency situations, and the Police Department can send you important real-time alerts.
This program launched on January 29th at the Juno Beach Night Out Against Crime event.
The second project that the Police Foundation is working on is Trauma Kits for our police officers.
Individual officer Trauma Kits contain essential supplies for treating life-threatening traumatic injuries, such as stab wounds and gunshot wounds, before certified medical assistance can reach the scene.
Whether used for treatment of another person or emergency self-care, these kits—sometimes referred to as individual first aid kits and individual patrol officer kits—can save lives by providing a means to immediately treat life-threatening injuries, primarily by stopping excessive external bleeding.
The typical Trauma Kit contains such items as;
- Gloves – to protect the wearer from contact exposure to pathogens and to assist in preventing the introduction of contaminants into a patient’s wounds.
- Tourniquets – to stop continuous blood flow. This is accomplished by placing a tourniquet proximal to the wound and tightening it.
- Pressure bandages – which can be placed directly over a wound to cover it and absorb fluids.
- Hemostatic dressings – which work to quickly stop hemorrhaging and lower the chances of hemorrhaging again after bleeding is stopped.
In addition to providing these Trauma Kits to our police officers, it is important that they receive additional training in the dangers of blood borne pathogens and in performing first aid techniques including CPR. This training will help ensure that officers understand how to safely and properly treat traumatic injuries using items provided in their individual Trauma Kits.
Your Juno Beach Police Foundation wants to be sure that you and all of our visitors have the newest and most effective life saving equipment when and where it’s needed the most.
Automated External Defibrillators
One of the first projects that your new Juno Beach Police Foundation hopes to address is that of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.
Our Juno Beach police officers have been carrying AEDs in their patrol cars for many years now, and numerous Juno Beach residents and visitors are here today thanks to the quick response of our police officers and the AEDs in each of their vehicles.
However, as it is with any technology, advances occur which makes older devices less effective, less efficient, and less desirable than newer models. AEDs are computerized electronic devices and as such, have a finite lifespan.
So purchasing brand new AEDs means the agency will receive new devices with a warranty and the very latest in technological advances such as faster, more accurate analysis, less delay in delivering shocks, the latest AHA guidelines, and many other new and innovative features.
If you think about an AED in the same terms as a personal computer or an automobile, would you rather our officers have the latest model … or one from 10 or more years ago that is still functional?
The Juno Beach Police Foundation will set its first goal, its first project, and its first grant to be the replacement of all of the AEDs currently in use by the Juno Beach Police Department.
The existing units have been on loan from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for over 10 years. The Town is responsible for upkeep, and battery replacement. But like many things, AEDs have an official “end-of-useful-life” cycle that cities and governmental bodies must abide by. New batteries are very hard to find due to the age of the units and the manufacturer no longer provides parts. And Palm Beach County Fire Rescue no longer provides new loaners. So while the current units are still somewhat functional, they are not the most efficient, repairable or replaceable. The Police Foundation wants to help change that.