Saturday, December 10th, 2011 by

A Police Officers Guide and Handbook to Tactical Casualty Care

Rafael Navarro a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy releases a new book on Tactical Casualty Care entitled: “A Police Officers Guide and Handbook to Tactical Casualty Care (Under Fire) First Aid and Self First Aid for Law Enforcement”.

After returning from his overseas tour, Rafael was given an assignment within the training unit at his agency. It didn’t take long before he realized that there were some shortfalls to the First Aid and Self First Aid program they were offering.

The most outstanding concern was the lack of training concerning the use and deployment of a tourniquet.  After taking a good look at their existing program, he proposed a lesson plan, which included the purpose and use of the tourniquet. This was approved after a short review and the trend began. Slowly, he was able to affect the entire agency, by exposing them to tourniquet training.

This is when he realized the enormous communication gap between our military and law enforcement agencies. Rafael began a personal campaign to bring attention to the fact that our soldiers (young as they may be) are considered trainable in combat lifesaving skills by our government, whereas most of the law enforcement agencies in our country consider this type of training “out of the realm or scope” and perhaps too difficult.

The fact of the matter is, that the skills needed to become proficient in combat lifesaving skills can be taught to police… officers in the same manner it’s taught to soldiers. Now it’s common knowledge that special units have this type of training, but what about the patrol officer?

Rafael often makes this statement when he’s asked to sum up his reasons or inspirations for writing this book, “When a Deputy or Police Officer approaches a door on a call and gets shot through the door, for the next several minutes they may be fighting for their lives. During those few moments, he or she is in ‘COMBAT’. So then, why do we fail to prepare them for this now so ever common event? For the most part, the response is just silence. I strongly believe that there is no reason for our patrol officers to be at a disadvantage.”

Rafael Navarro is currently serving in the Law Enforcement Training Division of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. Rafael’s been in Law Enforcement since 2000; serving 4 years with the SWAT team, retiring as a SFC/E-7 after 21 Years of military service with the United States Army, Military Police Corps. and 24 months in Afghanistan in support of combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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