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T he 2017 hurricane season has been one for the record books. The first major storm was Hurricane Harvey that caused dev- astation in the Caribbean and then the Houston area of Texas. Soon afterward, Hurricane Irma also struck the Caribbean before hitting Florida. Many members have suffered extreme to total damage from these storms. The Charitable Foundation has been working to get aid to members as we learn of their needs. Here is one story worth telling. Doug Hummel , a graduate of the 173rd session, and his wife Patty sustained major damage to their home in Naples, Florida from Hurricane Irma. They had direct damage from the storm itself, but it appears likely they were also struck by a tornado spawned by Irma. A very typical “proud cop” reaction to offers of aid is “Please save the money for people who really need it.” As a result, the Foundation tries to avoid asking in advance. We simply work to get assistance in the member’s hands and ask that they consider paying it forward by supporting the Foundation in the future when they can. In this case, on approval the check was sent to a nearby friend and session mate, who set up a lunch with Doug and Patty and presented the check. It brought tears to their eyes, and the friend learned that the $2,000 would pay for nearly half of their insurance deductible. We have heard directly from the Hummels that “The check from the FBINAA Chari- table Foundation will help us so much! When we get past this we will be making donations to pay it forward.“ A core group of 173rd session graduates has remained very close over the years and, on hearing the story, at least one other member pledged in a group email to support the Foundation in the future. The Charitable Foundation was formed in 2010 just for stories like this! We hope that you will also do what you can to support your founda- tion so that we can help more members in times of need. Please visit www.fbinaa.org/foundation to learn about the different ways you can support the FBINAA Charitable Foundation and read about all the ways your donation is lending support. Arizona and Utah have been involved in creating state programs to buy and install five-screen use of force simulators across their states for intensive training by their own officers. Federal asset forfeiture programs, where assets and proceeds of crimi- nals involved in federal crimes can be seized and distributed, are also po- tential sources of funding for such investments, as well as possible special assessments on traffic tickets and other fees and fines, say experts. State at- torney generals can also potentially help procure funding for local depart- ments through grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ensuring that officers and police departments have the right train- ing tools to prepare for their work in their communities is a growing How Local Law Enforcement Can Collaborate to Acquire Use of Force Training Simulators continued from page 31
goal across our nation. Providing the best, most accurate realistic police simulator training is something we can all work to achieve to improve protections for the public and our officers as they do their jobs. Deputy Chief Cox of the St. Louis County Police Department agrees, adding that his department requested that its simulator include a variety of additional non-shooting encounters in its accompanying video scenarios for training in all kinds of situations. "The police are the ones seeking this out," he said. "We want whatever we can possibly get to prepare our offi- cers for a deadly force encounter or a non-deadly force encounter."
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