Shave Seconds, Increase Safety: Innovative Deployment Practices for Critical Equipment Increase Officer Safety

Located on the central west coast of Florida, Saint Petersburg is Florida’s fourth largest city with approximately 250,000 residents. For nearly 30 years, police officers at the Saint Petersburg Police Department had returned home safely following their shifts. There had, however, been some close calls. Two instances in particular underscored the department’s appreciation for individuals in the medical community. In 2008, an undercover detective was shot at close range while arresting a robbery suspect. Quick, on-scene first aid followed by six hours of surgery saved his life. In 2009, a nearly identical set of circumstances almost claimed the life of another undercover detective after he was shot five times at close range. Once again, this second detective’s life was saved by immediate life-saving medical care.