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Chester Police Department Receives Tourniquet Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – May 31, 2018 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Chester Police Department (CPD) to outfit its entire force of 37 officers with tourniquets.  CPD requested the tourniquet grant from Spirit of Blue following an officer involved shooting in which Patrol Captain Alan Davis was severely injured.  One of his officers on the call had a personal tourniquet and used it to stabilize Captain Davis until he was able to be transported to a local medical facility.  Captain Davis survived the shooting but was forced to medically retire due to his injuries.  That incident demonstrated the need for tourniquets to be carried by each officer and led CPD to submit their grant request to the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  The tourniquets were purchased through North American Rescue and the grant was funded by a partnership with Law Enforcement United.  The tourniquets have already been put into use and the grant is valued at $1,125.

“Unfortunately, the Chester Police Department can personally attest to the usefulness of the Combat Application Tourniquet,” commented Commissioner Otis Blair of the CPD.  “This device has kept both members of the public and our department from tragedies.  Instead of having to make heartbreaking notifications to families and attending funeral services we are saving lives, building friendships, and strengthening bonds within our community – an investment far greater than any monetary expense.”

Chief James Nolan, IV (left) formally accepted the tourniquet grant from Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith (right) at the Police Headquarters building in Chester, PA.


Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a co-worker to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type injury.

CPD officers have already performed two community saves with the tourniquets they were granted.  One other documented community save was made with granted tourniquets by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Penfield, NY.  To date, Spirit of Blue has granted 996 tourniquets nationwide.

“Tourniquets should be thought of as a required piece of equipment for every officer in America,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  “The US Military has proven their effectiveness and now law enforcement agencies are beginning to roll them out.  Here, due to the overwhelming threats that the Chester Police face, we felt we should step in and make sure they had tourniquets as quickly as possible.”

Law Enforcement United (LEU), the grant’s sponsor, is an organization of 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year members of the organization ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of each fallen officer which are given to the surviving families upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $5,750,000 for law enforcement causes.

Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 65 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2018 – a 12% increase over the same period in the previous year.  29 of those deaths were firearm related, a 36% increase over the same period in 2017.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – National Police Week

Friday, May 18th, 2018

In honor of National Police Week FirstSpear would like to say thank you to all LEOs for their selfless dedication to their communities. FirstSpear is donating $10 for every Thin Blue Line shirt sold through the weekend to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Help us honor their mission statement to Respect, Honor and Remember those Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.




VIEVU, a Subsidiary of Safariland, to be Acquired by Axon Enterprise, Inc

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Combination Brings Together Two Leading Public Safety Camera and

Digital Evidence Management Solutions Providers

Safariland to Become the Preferred Holster Provider for Axon’s

TASER Conducted Electric Weapons

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group (“Safariland” or “Company”) the parent company of VIEVU®, a leader in body-worn camera and video evidence management, today announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement with Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAXN) (“Axon”) under which Axon will acquire VIEVU. As part of the agreement, Safariland and Axon entered into a 10-year agreement under which Safariland will become the preferred holster provider for Axon’s TASER Conducted Electric Weapons (CEW).

“Today marks an important milestone in Safariland’s 54-year history of innovation and quality as we continue to deliver on our pledge to support first responders and the communities they serve,” said Warren Kanders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safariland. “The integration of VIEVU’s digital evidence management solutions with Axon’s suite of products and services will create an even stronger portfolio of best-in-class products to better serve customers and safeguard those who dedicate their lives to protecting others.”

Kanders continued, “We are pleased that Axon shares Safariland’s commitment to innovation and to delivering leading products for public safety professionals, and very excited to leverage our expertise in holsters and duty gear into becoming the preferred holster provider for TASER CEWs. This transaction enables Safariland to focus our resources where they will deliver the greatest value to all our stakeholders. Safariland remains committed to continuing to develop innovative, technologically advanced products across our premier group of brands to save lives and keep our communities safe.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Safariland, a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, acquired VIEVU in 2015.

Redback One – Active Shooter Awareness Seminar

Saturday, April 21st, 2018


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Redback One Active Shooter Awareness Seminar
Presented by Jason Falla
When: April 28, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Colonial Shooting Academy, VA Beach, VA
Cost: $49.99

Registration: www.redbackone.com or email info@redbackone.com

Rockwell Tactical and Tripwire Operations Group Holding Open House on 4/25

Friday, April 20th, 2018

In Gettysburg on 4/25, two major companies who support the first responder community – Tripwire and Rockwell Tactical – are hosting an open house. Details below. These companies have announced a joint partnership to give first responders the knowledge, tools and training they need to protect themselves and the country.

Tripwire provides explosive products, inert ordnance training aids and training courses in partnership with Rockwell Tactical. At the open house you’ll receive a tour of their facility where those products are made and time with both owners to learn more.


Who: Tripwire Operations Group and Rockwell Tactical Group

What: Open House and New Collaborative Capabilities Demonstration

When: April 25, 2018 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Tripwire office: 1685 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Why: Tripwire and Rockwell Tactical have now come together to support military, law enforcement and first responders, giving them the knowledge, tools and training they need to keep themselves and our country safe. The companies will co-host an Open House on April 25 to welcome the first responder community and the public to tour the facility, meet Tripwire and Rockwell staff and introduce their shared missions. Refreshments will be served. No tickets or registration required – just stop in and say hello.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2018


G3 LAC Combat Uniforms Now Available On Crye Precision’s Website

Monday, April 16th, 2018


Designed as a Law Enforcement Uniform, the G3 LAC Combat Uniform debuted several years ago. But, it hasn’t been available to the public until today.


The uniform consists of Combat Shirt and Pant and feature a simpler cut than other G3 Combat Uniforms. Offered in Navy Blue, they are made from 65/35 PolyCotton which is very common for LE uniforms. However, the torso of the shirt is Drifire FR knit.


Erik Agazim to Launch Law Enforcement Charity

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Erik Agazim, the founder of National Police Ammunition, is celebrating the company’s 9th year in business.

Hialeah, Fla. (March 2018)  – National Police Ammunition, founded in 2009, is focused on lead-free alternative ammunition, specially designed and developed for law enforcement use. In celebration of the nine-year milestone, Agazim is founding EALEO Charities-Erik Agazim Law Enforcement Officers Charities-to give back to the law enforcement community.

The soon-to-be-founded organization will be divided into three main categories, according to Agazim. These will be merit-based scholarships, a foundation for fallen officers, and an equipment grants program. Merit-based scholarships will assist low-income cadets with the tuition and equipment required by police academies.

Meanwhile, the assistance foundation will provide support for fallen officers and their families, through work carried out directly with local police associations. Lastly, equipment grant programs will aid under-funded agencies with the critical equipment and training ammunition which they require.

“I’ve had the honor to work with law enforcement for the last nine years and have learned the challenges they face financially,” says Agazim of the project.

“From young cadets entering academies without the resources to purchase simple items such as holsters, to veteran SWAT operators who do not have the proper equipment, inhibiting their ability to conduct specialized operations, I’ve seen it all,” he adds.

Agazim continues, “National Police Ammunition will donate a portion of its revenue directly to the charity through its new parent company, Defense Engineering Systems.”

Initially, the charity plans to donate $500 each month to the Miami Dade Police Chiefs Association officer of the month, along with a further $1,000 to the officer of the year.

A website is currently under construction which will allow potential scholarship candidates to apply for student aid, which will be reviewed by the charity’s board. The website will also offer grant applications to agencies for specialized equipment and ammunition needed for additional training.

“Law enforcement has blessed National Police Ammunition over the last nine years,” remarks Agazim.

“I’m excited and grateful,” he adds, “to have the opportunity to give back to their community.”

Erik Agazim’s National Police Ammunition is already heavily involved with a number of local law enforcement charities and associations.

The company currently sponsors the Florida Police Athletic-Activities League, the Michael Callin Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The Miami-based ammunition specialists are also proud members of the Miami Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Highway Patrol Command Officers Association, and the Florida Sheriffs Association.