Police Commissioner O’Neill took to the podium today and fired a shot square through the heart of the NYPD. The call to fire PO Pantaleo after he went out and did his job was exactly what broke the departments back. If there was ever a time for everyone to work together and shut it down, now is the time. Chances are the union will talk shit but not act, due to the fear of an arrest, but that doesn’t mean a job action can’t and shouldn’t be priority.
Department vehicles cannot be used if they are out of service, one should always be careful to not clip polls, hydrants other city vehicles when turning, parking or backing. Such actions would place vehicles out of service and require officers to report to medical division for whiplash and back pain.
Remember any department vehicle damaged in a way that may be a danger to civilians such as body panels and bumpers pulled from vehicle must go to the body shop for approval to roll out on patrol. Such a shame they are only open M-F, 8-4.
WARM WEATHER ADVISORY
Weather is still heating up with one of the hottest days being the same day as the West Indian Day Parade. Coincidentally, it’s also a very long violent day for Members of the Service and as such all members should be cautious.
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The dark and restrictive uniforms combined with the heavy gear and a bullet resistant vest that doesn’t breath, an officer could see a body temperature increase way above ambient temperature, making one feel light headed and therefore unable to secure weapons and needing to be taken out of patrol function. It is also possible that prolonged heat exposure could lead to heat stroke which is described as follows:
- Dizziness and light-headedness.
- Lack of sweating despite the heat.
- Red, hot, and dry skin.
- Muscle weakness or cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
If any of these conditions are observed officers should immediately sit down and call for an ambulance. Your health is the ultimate goal here to providing the best security to a city that supports you.
Remember that when confronted with a situation that may require a hands on approach, the job has repeatedly stated that they was less than lethal options used and have repeatedly stated the preference to use mace. As a matter of fact the department several years ago made replacing pepper spray that much easier to ensure it was the primary go to.
I want to make sure all officers understand that this truly is the best way to take someone into custody but it also means that you too can be exposed to the irritants and require medical attention. I know that we are all anxious to get back out on patrol but remember your priority is to the city and the department that backs you so take care of yourself and your partner so that you can make the city your top priority.
Sanitary conditions at various precincts if not most has always been deplorable at best. Always seemed that health codes and OSHA violations meant nothing to them. In the 114 Precinct, there was a condition that whenever it rained heavy the sewers would back up and flood every inch of the basement in 4-5 inches of raw sewage.
Imagine standing on wooden benches above a flooded basement with feces floating by, the stench was putrid and the conditions deplorable, and you’re forced to change into and out of your uniform. Multiple years this went on with numerous reports filed with OSHA who would repeatedly be denied access to inspect.
I’m sure our new softer Commissioner would be horrified to know of these types of conditions. Officers and supervisors should document any and all unsafe and unhealthy conditions with photo, video, time, date and location and send it to us for proper storage. (Takingittothebox@gmail.com)
COLD WEATHER ADVISORY
Soon enough we will be facing cold weather and as such officers need to take extra precautions to ensure they stay in top form to protect the city and do our best in representing the brass. Running vehicles with the heat on high can expose officers to excess carbon-monoxide which is extremely fatal. Warning signs are as detailed below:
- Dull headache
- Shortness of breath during mild exertion
- Weakness or fatigue
Continued exposure to CO may result in additional symptoms such as:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Visual disturbances, or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
It is important to note that if an officer was to feel any of these symptoms they should request an ambulance immediately. It is important that once an ambulance is notified, the officer or partner roll down the windows to the vehicle. This step is extremely important as it stops the buildup of poisonous gas and has nothing to do with messing up the ability to test the concentration. Remember, your health is the number one goal for the department and the people of this great city.
BUMPS AND BRUISES
Every encounter or altercation leaves us open to injury and it’s our best interest to ensure we get immediate medical care if we suspect that we may have possibly been injured. Even a low impact fall of collision (vehicle or pedestrian) can cause soft tissue injury or ligament and tendon damage.
It’s been known for some time that, untreated, these minor injuries can become long term problems and as such can be a financial burden on this great city. Do your part in reporting and documenting every bump, twist, scrape and pull so that you can do your part to ensure that you’re in tip-top shape and as always at the peak of performance for the people of NYC and the Department that will always have your back.
Recent studies by Columbia University have found elevated levels of fecal matter in Hudson and East rivers. Levels of contaminants in the sediment are upwards of 10 times that in the surrounding water making the disturbance of the sediment level extremely toxic. Fecal bacteria are living in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments of the Hudson and East River than in the water itself.
The river’s pollution levels are not tested from sediment samples, so these findings suggest that people stirring up the bottom (wading, swimming, jet skiing or kayaking) may face previously unrecognized health risks. The study appears in the early online edition of the journal Science of the Total Environment.
“A 2017 review of previous research coauthored by O’Mullan and Juhl says that, globally, human contact with polluted coastal waters causes more than 50 million severe respiratory infections and 120 million cases of gastrointestinal diseases, along with eye, ear and skin infections.”
With these facts any officer exposed to water rescues should seek immediate medical attention and report to the medical division. Stomach cramps, itchy skin headaches or burning of one’s eyes may not be immediately recognized and could be a sign of possible contamination. Remember if rushed back to work (District Surgeons most likely move) you have a right to call 911 and seek additional medical care from the local hospital circumventing their decision.
The above information was gathered from work which was published in: STATE OF THE PLANET, EARTH INSTITUTE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY in an article titled “Study Finds Sewage Bacteria Lurking in Hudson River Sediments” – Authored by Kevin Krajick Dec 13, 2018
We are frequently dispatched to fire calls for traffic control or to help establish a fire line to keep the civilians at a safe distance and out of the firefighters’ way while they work an active fire. Remember that their job is extremely dangerous and that we should ourselves try to stay clear of the dangers present that we are not trained to handle.
For example, a fire hose getting charged while you’re standing on it has enough energy to fracture an ankle. That said, hoses already charged have been known to cause people to roll ankles injuring ligaments, tendons and muscle sever enough to prevent any weight from being placed on it. Bruising and swelling may not be present in minor sprains but you should still keep weight off and rest at least 24 hours with ice and elevation.
Depending on circumstances you may arrive before the fire department does. It is imperative that as officers we perform any and all tasks to save life. If we need to enter a premise to save a life notify dispatch before entering. After removing yourself and the victim a safe distance from the location, notify dispatch that you’re out, where you are, if you have aided a civilian and, most of all, request medical aid.
While you may feel okay, the inhalation of hot air and gases can cause damage to your throat and lungs that are best observed and treated at a hospital. Under general policies by most medical Institutions, the observation of bright red mucous membrane or signs of smoke would require an overnight observation.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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