Friday, September 11, 2015

Patriot's Day 2015

Patriot day, September 11 Remembrance

September 11, 2001. Today marks the 14th anniversary of this country shaking event.

On this day we remember the lives of close to 3000 people who lost their lives in a coordinated terror threat on the United States.

During these events 37 Port Authority officers, 23 New York City area police officers, and 343 New York city firefighters were killed while doing their duty assisting, saving and evacuating people from the twin towers.

Please take a moment and pause in their honor. 

This is one day in history where everyone can remember where they were when they heard the news or watched the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers on TV.

In the United States today has been named A National Day of Service. 

Last evening my chaplaincy team here in Las Vegas prayed for the men and women in law-enforcement and all first responders.

Today we will be praying throughout the day.  The international turn towards negative sentiment towards law enforcement officers is unacceptable.

In the U.S. our officers have been experiencing increased violent attacks specific to the officer as an officer.  We know that the threat of violence comes with our daily duties yet officers being attacked while putting gas in their car, while eating their meals on shift in a public restaurant or being shot while stopped at a stop light is not good.

While protecting and serving the community we know there is a potential for aggression and violence. 

Please stay alert.  Many agencies if they did not have two person patrol cars now send out their officers as a two person unit.  This tactic helped quickly catch a suspect that shot one of our officers here in Las Vegas.  This ambush style shooting received national coverage (the officer is recovering). His partner was able to chase down and arrest the shooter. 

Situational awareness is key.  A stop at your favorite coffee shop or diner with all the regulars that you know and love could quickly turn into an opportunity for a suspect to take out their anger against the first law enforcement officer they can find. 

Contact and cover is a good tactic to employ when dealing with suspects or even citizen contacts.  You are clearly visible in uniform with a marked police car.  Unfortunately some see it as an opportunity and a target.

Be Alert.  Employ all safety tactics to ensure you and your partners get home at the end of your shift. 

Please have a safe day serving your family, friends and community.

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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