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Poll: Do you support the idea of police patrol officers wearing a ballistic face shield in high risk situations in which their is a likelihood they will be shot in the head?

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859 police officers have been murdered by head shots.  See my documentation showing all of these officers at www.policecriminallawbulletin.com


Since 2005 I have been trying to urgte police adminstrators and police patrol officers to buy and have in the front seat of their cruiserd ballistic face shiled and helmets as an option for the officer to put on before he/she enters a high risk situation.  Each year I have been tracting this about 19 officers each year are shot in the head.  19 persons who probably would not have died had they ahd on a face shield when the bullet hit their head.  They would have been able to return fire and live to go to their families at the end of their shift instead of to a morgue.


So far this year 2011 three police officers on Officers Down Memorial Page have been shot in the head.  That leaves about 16 live police officers now who will be dead by the end of 2011 from head shots unless ballistic face shields are in the cruisers of all police officers.  The Chief of Police of Red Bluff, California, bought ballisitc face shields and helmets for his officers.  He has invited police to ask him questions as to how to get the face shields into cruisers.


I am asking all pesons who read this to assist in the goal of saving the 16 police officers by contacting police chiefs, police organizations like FOP IACP, politicians, civic groups, news media, and others to bring this problem (859 police officers murdered by head shots) to their attention with a plea to obtain nd put ballistic face shields in the front seats of the cruisers of all police patrol ,officers in the United States.  It has to happen nationwide because the head shots occur everywhere in all parts of the U.S.


Thanks for considering this and any assitance you may render.


Stanley Cohen

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860.    Police Officer Christopher Matlosz,  27, 1/14/11, Lakewood N.J Police Department, was sitting in his cruiser during a stop of a man.  He was not wearing a ballistic face shield during the conversation, underdstandably, because there must not have been any indictation that a firearm or violence would be used toward him.  There probably was not a ballistic face shield in his cruiser had there been such an indication and he had had time to put one on.  The man stepped back from the cruiser and shot the officer in the head.


                        This is one of those situations in which an officer has no indication there is a danger, so the officer is disarmed by the non-threatening circumstances and not suspecting imminent danger, and not taking any extra precautions to be extra alert and very ready for an armed attack on his person.  But this experience with Officer Matlosz reinforces what every officer knows: that there is really never a “routine situation” in which there is no potential for sudden, unexpected violence to be directed against a police officer.  The only person who knows that is the person who the officer is talking to.   


Had the officer, in such a situation, placed a ballistic face shield on during the conversation, and nothing happened, and the man left the scene or peacefully arrested without a problem,  the face shield would have not been needed and the officer would have worn it for nothing.  But the officer would still be alive and not the worse off for having worn it.  However, had the man shot the officer in the face the shield would have stopped the bullet allowing the office an opportunity to return fire.  Having worn it, the officer would probably be alive.


            I realize most police officers would not have put on a face shield in Officer Matlosz’s situation, and they would have a variety of justifications.  I can recall when I was in uniform in Cincinnati, persons would come up to me while I sat behind the wheel of my cruiser and they looked innocent and non-threatening and the last thing I expected is that they would draw a firearm and shoot me somewhere on my body.  We had no ballistic face shields, but even I had had one,  in the 60’s, when police officers were not as frequently shot in their cruisers of heads, I probably would not have put one on in an innocent looking situation.  But, knowing what I know now in 2011, many years later and after 860 police officers have been shot in the head, and officers have been shot in the head sitting in their cruiser, like officer in Seattle Washington recently and Officer Matlosz , I would think more seriously about wearing one in my cruiser, at least some of the time, but especially when I was talking to a citizen standing next to me cruiser window.  Many officers would rightfully object to doing this partly because it would offend insult citizens.  Yes, they would be initially in the beginning until the news media would broadcast the policy and the reasons for it.  But, if officers would briefly explain to the citizen who voiced objection the reasons, the citizen would probably feel better about it. 


           


 

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I feel face shields would be a distraction

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Thread is locked.. @0956 MST


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It would definately have its ups and downs