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Spirit of Blue Awards Tourniquet Grant to Oceanside Police Department

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA – March 10, 2021 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) to outfit their entire force of officers with lifesaving tourniquets inside of rugged carrying pouches. The OPD uniform policy was amended to include mandatory wear of the North American Rescue Gen7 C-A-T Tourniquet inside of a Blue Force Gear Tourniquet NOW! Pouch as part of its official uniform. The grant was funded in large part by a strategic partnership with Law Enforcement United, along with contributions collected by the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association through a GoFundMe campaign, and is valued at $17,588.

“We are very grateful for Spirit of Blue’s generosity. In the past, individual officers have purchased their own tourniquets and put them to use when providing aide to injured members of the public. With Spirit of Blue’s very generous donation, all officers are now positioned to aid one another and our community, should the need arise,” commented Capt. Fred Armijo, Interim Chief of Police for the Oceanside Police Department. “We are also very grateful for the efforts of Oceanside Firefighter-Paramedic Bryan Howell for spear-heading this effort.”

Firefighter-Paramedic Bryan Howell of the Oceanside Fire Department had originally launched the effort to equip OPD officers with tourniquets. He often supports the OPD SWAT Team as a medic and recognized that officers lacked this lifesaving tool. He created a GoFundMe page, in collaboration with the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association, and began taking donations in from members of the community. Spirit of Blue became aware of the campaign and offered to cover the balance of funds required in order to get the tourniquets purchased.

Tourniquets have proven to be incredibly effective in stemming blood flow to an injured extremity, and their use has vastly improved the survivability of soldiers in combat over the last two decades. That learning overseas is now being leveraged to save injured law enforcement officers here at home. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a fellow officer 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 of injury. Spirit of Blue Foundation will replace any tourniquet that is used in the line of duty for the duration of an officer’s career so that no officer who uses their tourniquet will have to go without one in the future.

To date, Spirit of Blue has granted 4,420 tourniquets nationwide which have resulted in 14 documented saves – 13 of community members by officers with granted equipment and one save of a Kentucky State Trooper which came in June of 2019.

“This is a great department,” stated Dale Stockton, Spirit of Blue Board Chairman. “They were very appreciative and I know these tourniquets will go a long way towards enhancing safety for their officers and community members.”

The lead sponsor for the grant was Law Enforcement United (LEU), who has supported Spirit of Blue with over $382,000 in safety grant funding since 2015. LEU is an organization of active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community. Each year LEU members ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of fallen officers which are given to the surviving family members upon their arrival. Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $7,250,000 for law enforcement causes.

Other sponsors include the Ford Fund and Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement, along with assistance from North American Rescue and Blue Force Gear who offered special pricing on the equipment.

On average, 150 officers are lost in the line of duty each year, but losses have increased dramatically due to COVID-19, reaching 354 last year. The leading cause of death (other than disease) was automobile related with 47, while firearm deaths followed closely at 45 in 2020. 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 to become an annual member, visit

Air Force Security Forces Center to improve US government-wide working dog programs

Sunday, March 14th, 2021


The Air Force Security Forces Center-led Government Working Dog Category Intelligence Team aims to improve the cost, process and procurement of government working dogs across 14 federal agencies.

The team recently submitted the Working Dog Category Intelligence Report, which looked into the requirements of maintaining working dogs within the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, in an effort to identify gaps and opportunities, recommend more effective and efficient sourcing strategies, close gaps between current practices and share government and industry best practices.

Scott R. Heise, team lead and director of Air Force Security & Protection Category Management’s Program Management Office for AFSFC, said “The report identified some crucial gaps, such as the procurement process.”

“All of us have the same need for working dogs, but the way we source them is very different,” Heise said. “Even our requirements are different and this inconsistency makes it difficult for the vendors to try to keep up and maintain a supply of high-quality working dogs. Simple things, like the age of the dog or the type of socialization it gets prior to delivery, present challenges for the vendors.”

“If all the agencies give vendors one integrated demand forecast, then the vendors can develop a better plan to meet our needs and satisfy the demand,” Heise added.

“The improved procurement process will allow Air Force Defenders the ability to better manage their MWD programs, making them healthier and stronger at the tactical, operational and strategic levels,” said Master Sgt. Steven Kaun, AFSFC Military Working Dog program manager.

“This streamlined process will pair up more canines with more handlers across the Air Force and allow garrison, and even up to combatant commanders, to have more assets on hand to accomplish their missions,” Kaun said. “And it also helps give some of our older, hard-working dogs a much deserved, timely retirement.”

In addition to the procurement process, the report provided six recommendations to improve the GWD program:

1. Establish an annual purchase forecast to both the contiguous United States and outside-CONUS vendors, which will help with the breeding and preparation process

2. Implement acquisition best practices to guide agencies during the procurement process

3. Provide the Customs and Border Protection Agency opportunities to work with OCONUS vendors, which will give the agency more options to source working dogs

4. Establish a small business breeder communication plan to help develop a larger U.S. vendor base

5. Build standardized U.S. government-wide working dog travel requirements for airlines

6. Develop a national emergency response plan for explosive detection working dogs

“What we expect from these recommendations is continued growth and maturation of the working dog program not only for the Air Force, but all 14 agencies,” Heise said. “We also see great potential to build the U.S. industrial base for government working dogs and ensure the participation of small businesses, and advance the goals of category management.”

Category management is an approach the federal government is implementing to help standardize procurement functions and share best practices across its agencies in the hopes of providing savings, better value, and efficiency. It is divided into 10 categories.

The AFSFC originally started a Category Intelligence Report on the Air Force-led DoD Military Working Dog program, but Heise saw opportunities to look beyond the services and include other federal agencies.

“Once we started, we saw how closely TSA worked with DoD on Lackland AFB, so I recommended to the Federal Category Manager that we make the CIR a government-wide effort,” Heise said. “She agreed and assigned me as the Government-wide Working Dog Team lead for the Security and Protection category.”

The newly-formed multi-agency team then researched and presented the six recommendations in the final Category Intelligence Report to Jaclyn Rubino, the government-wide Security & Protection Category manager. Rubino approved all recommendations and teams will now be assembled to create a category execution plan for each.

“This is the Air Force’s first interagency category management and Category Intelligence Report effort, and it’s an honor to be part of the team that will not only bring change to the Air Force, but other federal agencies as well,” Heise said. “I feel it speaks to the Security Forces Center’s mission, but on a larger, cross agency scale – to train, equip and manage program execution and provide expertise, and drive integration, innovation and advancement of Security Forces mission sets.”

Story by By Malcolm McClendon, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran

Spiritus Systems Presents: An Introduction to the Direct Action Resource Center’s Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course, Level 2

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The Direct Action Resource Center located in North Little Rock, Arkansas provides professional training to Military, Law Enforcement and Citizens. Spiritus Systems had the opportunity to attend the Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course, Level 2 or “LECTC2” recently. 

The course was comprised of professional SWAT and Patrol officers from around the country and has a prerequisite of “LECTC1” to attend. This class was 6 days long and included copious amounts of explosive breaching, live fire CQB, live fire sniper support and contested force on force sim munition training.

DARC recently released a full class calendar for 2021 on their website and will be expanding their open enrollment offerings to include both the TUSC (Tactical Urban Sustainment Course) and Precision rifle TUSC. Spiritus Systems plans to release additional content over the coming year that brings those online closer to the action at DARC and give a glimpse of the advanced training that happens at the island.

For a full class description and attendance requirements please contact the Direct Action Resource Center at

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Support the 2021 Danger Zone Auction for the Brian Terry Foundation

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Normally, the Danger Zone auction is held during an evening event at SHOT Show. With this year’s cancellation, the Brian Terry Foundation decided to go virtual, 29 March – 5 April, 2021.

Brian Terry Foundation was created to honor the life, service, and sacrifice of Brian Terry. The foundation raises awareness on border related security issues that affect the overall safety and welfare of U.S. Border Patrol agents. The foundation also raises money for the families of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents and provides educational scholarships for students pursuing a career in law-enforcement.

Please participate in this year’s online auction either as a vendor or bidder. To become a vendor, visit If you want to bid, watch this space for a link to the auction, as we get closer.

5.11 Announces Partnership with 3M on New Carbon Black Uniform Application

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Irvine, CA (February 24, 2021) – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, is excited to be the first in the public safety space to offer 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black embellishment now available through the 5.11 Custom Shop in Manteca, CA. This patented reflective film has a high level of durability while still maintaining flexibility which makes this glass bead technology a perfect candidate for application to uniform and outerwear alike.

Officer safety is the primary intent of this product giving off-angle brightness in low-light situations, however, remaining a muted appearance during daylight conditions. Unlike other treatments, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black will not lose the dark coloration or reflective properties while still maintaining a peak performance for the life of the product.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Embellishment for 5.11

“While not replacing the ANSI Level 2 Reflective Vest, Carbon Black is an all-the-time option to aid in better viability during low-light situations and has a clean look to maintain traditional appearance that our law enforcement end-users expect,” said Matt Page, 5.11’s Vice President of Global Product.

Capability for embellishment is near limitless from custom agency or standardized law enforcement callout. Additional recommendations are to include piping around sleeves and stripes down pant and pocket to allow more points of viability. “We have had great initial feedback from early field testing with select agencies,” says Brian Tripp, 5.11’s Vice President, Guardian Sales Division. “Improvements in uniforms to elevate officer safety is paramount, and 5.11 strives to drive this effort.”

For additional information or sample interest around 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black embellishment, please contact 5.11’s Innovation Team at [email protected].

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Invisio Law Enforcement Kit

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

INVISIO builds on the experience from working with elite forces within the military when serving special intervention units resolving high risk challenges such as counter terror, hostage recovery, VIP protection, site protection during special events and assistance to other police departments fighting organized crime.


INVISIO over-the-ear hearing protection headsets offer a significant improvement compared to the traditional cup headset design, as it removes weight and complexity from the headset by centralizing operation of the headset to the INVISIO control unit.

• Over-the-Ear Headset
• Hearing Protection 28 dB SNR
• Boom Microphone
• 10 Meter Submersible
• Dual Sided
• 350 Grams
• Tan or Black


INVISIO in-the-ear headsets are compatible with helmets, eyewear, breathing apparatus and ear muffs. They utilize the INVISIO Bone Conducting Technology where vibrations from the user’s jawbone are converted into crystal clear communication.

• In-Ear Headset
• Hearing Protection (32 dB SNR/29 dB NRR)
• Bone Conduction Microphone
• 2 Meter Submersible
• Dual Sided
• 54 Grams
• Tan or Black

INVISIO Control Units

The INVISIO system is based on a range of control units and headsets that are fully interchangeable. Together they provide crystal clear communication and industry leading hearing protection and situational awareness.

The control units can interface with various headsets along with up to four com sources simultaneously, including radios, intercoms, mobile phones and computers. They start automatically when connected to a radio and provide a simple interface for operation of different coms and hear-thru modes.

The control units are small, rugged, lightweight and submersible down to 20 meters. They power directly form the attached radio, intercom or other central power supply.

Federal Awarded 5.56mm NATO Service and Training Ammunition Contract for the DOJ, FBI

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 27, 2021 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has selected Vista Outdoor’s Federal Ammunition brand as the primary awardee for their 5.56mm NATO Service and Training, Reduced-Lead Ammunition. This multiple-award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract is for an ordering period totaling five years with product delivery beginning in April of 2021.  

“Federal continues to be honored that the most trusted law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally continue to believe and value the products we make,” said Federal’s President Jason Vanderbrink. “It’s a solid validation of the technology and performance found in every round of ammunition made by our highly skilled American workforce.”

The FBI is the federal government’s principal agency responsible for investigating violations of more than 260 Federal statutes. For this award, they selected a service round utilizing Federal Ammunition’s tactical bonded technology.  The Tactical Bonded line is a trusted partner for some of the most intense conditions.  Made exclusively for law enforcement, it achieves reliability, terminal performance, and accuracy paramount to the survival of special agents and others in the face of violent confrontation.  

“This is a very prestigious award and substantiates Federal’s reputation as the manufacturer of the market’s most advanced rifle ammunition.  From service to training, Federal offers the best rifle rounds for supporting the specified mission,” said David Leis, Federal’s VP of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales. “The training round selected is designed with one of the most accurate bullets in the market.  The cartridge is configured to replicate duty performance, so agents’ training experiences are authentic to their duty expectations.”

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit

Garmont T8 LE 2.0 Boot

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

The Garmont® T8 LE 2.0 boot is a lightweight 8-inch high EMS/rescue and law enforcement capable boot that offers comfort and protection in a variety of situations and across varied terrain. The abrasion resistant upper features 1.8 mm full grain leather and polyester with webbing reinforcements, as well as vents for enhanced breathability. A full length side zip with strap makes getting out the door quick and easy; just lace the boots up the first time you wear them, then use the side zip for easy on-and-off. The double density injected sole features a lower density in the midsole for enhanced cushioning and compact density in the outsole for better control and stability. The multi-directional tread design provides aggressive, dependable traction underfoot.