Project Triage was founded by Virgin Islands Police Chief Christopher Howell who, in August of 2012, was shot in the line of duty by robbery suspects armed with high powered weapons. Just months prior to this life-threatening incident, Chief Howell obtained some trauma kits (TKs) and training for a number of Virgin Islands Police Officers. These TKs were designed specifically for law enforcement with the knowledge that 2 out of 3 police officers killed in the line of duty do not die from gunshot or stab wounds but rather from the subsequent blood loss associated with those injuries. While Chief Howell’s injuries would have most certainly resulted in death before EMS could respond to the scene, it is widely accepted among doctors that the self-applied use of a TK saved Chief Howell’s life.
While the “2 out of 3” data provides more than a compelling argument that every front line police officer should be equipped with a TK, the issuance of kits among police departments throughout the world remains extremely low. Even more disconcerting is the lack of education among departments about the components kits must contain in order to achieve hemostasis (the process which causes bleeding to stop). Notwithstanding these facts, properly equipped and trained police departments have been galvanized by officers who share stories similar to that of Chief Howell’s and at least seven confirmed incidents have been documented the last two years where lives have been saved by the use of a personally-carried TK.
In May of 2013, Chief Howell spoke at a conference for Caribbean Police Commissioners and told his story and the need for TKs to all front line police officers. As a result of this speech, the International Association of Caribbean Police Commissioners voted to provide 40,200 kits Caribbean wide. To date only a few have been provided due to financial constraints. A fifty dollar donation will donate (1) pack which includes shipping and handling to the police department any where in the United States.
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