Thursday, September 28, 2017

Creating a Lifelong Culture of Safety for Law Enforcement

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LEMIT is hosting a national symposium on the best practices to prevent line-of-duty deaths and injuries among law enforcement officers.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is proud to announce it will be hosting a national symposium on best practices to prevent line-of-duty law enforcement deaths.

This session, sponsored in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Dell Rugged, will offer a dynamic presentation from renowned risk management expert Gordon Graham. Additionally, participants will hear from award-winning agency administrators such as Burlington, NC Police Chief Jeff Smythe, Hillsborough, NC Police Chief Duane Hampton, and Snohomish County, WA Undersheriff Rob Beidler, all of whom have been recognized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation for their outstanding safety programs based on Below 100 principles.

The mission of Below 100: Eliminate preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries through common-sense training and awareness. The Below 100 Initiative consists of five core tenets:

  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Wear your vest
  • Watch your speed
  • WIN: What’s Important Now?
  • Remember: Complacency kills!

The symposium, Implementing a Culture of Common Sense Officer Safety: Best Practices and Lessons Learned will afford attendees the ability to network with agencies from across the country and share innovative and powerful ways to drive down line-of-duty deaths, reduce injury and lessen liability.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for command-level personnel to learn how they can effectively establish a lasting culture of safety,” said Below 100 Executive Director Dale Stockton. “Below 100 is a powerful tool and the lessons that will be shared at this symposium will definitely save lives.”

The program takes place Nov. 8-9, 2017 at Sam Houston State University – The Woodlands Center and is open to law enforcement professionals across the country who serve in an administrative, command level, or training coordinators capacity and who are passionate about officer safety. The cost of the program is $99 (lunch provided).

Following the presentations, participants will participate in a workshop led by John Bostain, co-owner of Command Presence, Below 100 Core Trainer and 2011 trainer of the year. The workshop is designed to result in an action plan to minimize preventable losses and address hazards in your agency.

To register for the program, visit For more information about the symposium, contact Yvette Shorten at or James Senegal at