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Finding: Although weapons are present in a small number of violence-related cases, responders may not be equipped to deal with the issue.
Good morning Cam and all,
I just read the Drexel report.
A tangent to the large list of WPV - work place violence: smoking next to medical oxygen canisters. Most are demonstrating "passive aggression" and know we can't do much about it.
Usually my ICS form 208, Safety Message / Plan is already started well prior to reporting to our assembly area. MUCH OF THE VIOLENCE ISSUES ARE PREDICTABLE.
I took our county Sheriff's Office course for emergency responders. In summary, ... and this is my understanding and perception.....Virginia allows us to only repel the attacker. It is a felony to counter-attack and send the attacker to the hospital.
Re last item on pg 9; Is it not clearly known how to "best mitigate and prevent violence" ?!
Re pg 12's "the imperfect legal protections..."; How do we highlight this in gold or neon lettering ?
The pg 15 "minor injuries" from a stabbing; Minor to check one's HIV polarity ?! Trust not the knife nor the attacker. A minor scrape does not negate the germ theory of disease.
Re pg 17; "violent calls are not always predictable"; This is Aristotelian logic. The LEOs logic is better - actually best: "There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop".
That Figure 3 (pg 22) Mind Map looks like an organizational chart and all those I must report to.
The pg 25 request backup: It is too late.
The pg 29 Table 2 "Awareness - keep a 360 degree view"; Perhaps at the Drexel University faculty lounge........
I think "the imperfect legal protections" - - - - - and the inherent funding to implement legal protections and the mechanical organizational apparatus to exercise them - - - - -- I'm reminded of national commentator William F. Buckley saying something that he'd rather be governed by the first 200 names in a phone book than the Harvard University faculty.
Appreciated reading this report.
Hurricane Alley, Virginia