Police are Creatures of Habits
As a result of a 37 percent increase in officer deaths in 2010 and an overall collected effort to improve office safety, the U.S. Department of Justice is mandating that our agencies institute and regulate a “mandatory wear” bulletproof vest policy for all uniformed officers while on duty beginning in 2011.
Well it is about time! If you’re agency has not implemented this “mandatory wear” policy they will lose the grant money from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.Now the reason I am writing about this topic is because like some officers, I have been on the JOB for a long time. I can remember when wearing your seatbelt was not a law and I never worn it. However, when the law passed and I was mandated to wear my seatbelt by departmental I did. Until one day I forgot to unbuckle while responding to a car bailout and foot chase call. Well, it wasn’t pretty. You get the picture.
Now don’t trash me too much, I am not say that wearing your seatbelt and your bullet proof vest are even remotely in the same category but I am saying that we are all creatures of habits. I haven’t worn my bulletproof vest in years and honestly I know that there will days, for whatever reason I won’t wear it now. Stupid, I know but I am just trying to keep it real. I also realize the safety issues and departmental issues that will result from not wearing my vest.
I am just throwing this out for discussion hoping that I get some constructive feedback on how to fight MY creature of habit syndrome?