Brian Willis speaking about one of the 5 tenets - WIN: What's Important Now
Like many good ideas, the Below 100 initiative came out of a conversation around a dinner table. In April 2010, several contributors to Law Officer Magazine and friends were enjoying a dinner together at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference. There had been a spate of officer deaths, and clearly, everyone at the table was concerned. Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa Police Department made a statement that caused everyone to pause…
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“If we would just slow down, wear our seatbelts and clear intersections, we could get our line of duty deaths to Below 100 a year.”
The idea of Below 100 began at that table and continues today and it’s evolved into Below 100 Program, an initiative that aims to reduce the line of duty deaths to below 100, a number not the seen since 1943. If you’re reading this, consider yourself part of this conversation.
We can do this. We’ve done it before. In 1974, the all-time high year for officer deaths, 278 were killed in the line of duty. Innovations in training, emergency medicine and vehicles, as well as the development of ballistic armor, all contributed to bring this number down. We’ve averaged about 150 officers killed per year in the last ten years. Together, we can bring that number to below 100.
We have identified five key tenets by which we can improve officer safety—areas where we can make a difference. Below 100 isn’t about statistics. It’s about each and every officer, trainer and supervisor taking individual and collective responsibility for the decisions and actions that contribute to safety.
For those in a leadership position, Below 100 means supporting a culture of safety throughout your department. Make doing the right thing so ingrained in your personnel that it becomes the norm and not the exception. Just as importantly, hold accountable those who stray outside what should be common sense. Often, a private word with a misguided officer is all it takes to correct his or her misperception. Below 100 is committed to providing you the tools and resources you need to make a culture of safety thrive throughout your department.
Finally, Below 100 is a challenge that recognizes each officer death as a tragedy. It’s our duty to face down death and protect the innocent when called to do so. It’s a fact: Good cops will die each year. But working together—and only by working together—we can keep our streets and ourselves safer.
Genesee County, NY: 10/25/16
Oneida County, NY: 10/26/15
Broome County, NY: 10/27/16
Phoenixville, PA: 11/16/2016
Yuma, AZ: 11/71/2016
Claremore, OK: 11/18/16
Albuquerque, NM: 12/01/2016
Whittier, CA: 12/08/2016
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Learn about the 5 tenets of Below 100. These simple steps have helps to keep thousand of officers safer every shift of ever day.
An overview of line-of-duty deaths and what can be done – Dale Stockton
Breaking the Invincibility Code: How the Below 100 Initiative Is Improving the Law Enforcement Safety Culture Many state troopers have been saved – John Arrabit
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“I am so thankful for this training! My husband is a new police officer and attended this training yesterday and I already see the difference that it has made in his way of thinking. I send my husband to work not knowing for sure that I’ll see him again but knowing that he now has the knowledge to help prevent the preventable it does make me feel some what better. Thank you so much for making a difference in my husband’s though process.”
From a spouse of an officer, received June 20, 2015
“Chief, I attended my first ever below 100 training class today. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with a four hour block of instruction on something as simple as wear your belt, wear your vest, and slow down. I’ll say I was pleasantly surprised. What a good class and I am glad that you require all of your men and women to go. Every academy in the country should have these guys come out and teach this class. Anyway, just wanted to shoot you an email to say thank you.”
From an officer to his Chief, received August 28, 2013