I have a 50-minute video which could be used in-house by law enforcement departments to help train officers to perform simple, safe, quick roadside assists with the agenda of building rapport with communities they serve – much needed in today’s too-often toxic social climate. Please check out the video at this link: https://vimeo.com/200599109
The complete package I am offering includes: 1) the book (as a foundation, but its use could be deferred or declined – with some training degradation – if the department opts out); 2) a supplementary list of Tips and Equipment for Police Officers (Click here)- with estimated cost of each item), and 3) the video – which summarizes the book and the list. The list and video are free. Departments would acquire recommended assist equipment items independently from me. The book, if wanted, is available at bulk rates far below retail; see the attached pricing schedule: (Click here).
The video stipulates that officer roadside assists should occur only when operational priorities allow and that traditional law enforcement duties clearly have a higher priority. It also suggests that for officer safety, two be present – one to perform the assist and another in “overwatch”. Assisting officers may have the owner/driver of the disabled vehicle sign a liability waiver before any assist work begins.
We can agree that my proposal is “out-of-the-box”, but so would be the positive reaction from assist recipients as well as many others in the area who would witness the assists. Sometimes difficult problems justify out-of-the-box solutions!
I believe that such a policy, implemented by officers trained and equipped via my proposal, would help law enforcement departments gain respect and cooperation from served communities, making law enforcement easier and more productive in the long run. Wouldn’t this represent a “Win-Win” for all? What do you have to lose? If “Carrot and Stick” can be applied to law enforcement, simple roadside assisting can be part of the carrot, while proactive deterrent measures on the street can be part of the stick. Just imagine where this could lead in our polarized society.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Executive Director, Vince Talucci, suggested I apply to be a speaker at the IACP 2017 Conference in October, which I did. IACP’s Rebecca Simonelli, also part of that conversation: “IACP’s board has no position on the roadside assist program you mention below and have no plans to in the coming future.” So, if accepted in June to be a presenter, I intend to suggest this as an out-of-the-box method to help solve our very serious community relations problem.