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NYS police officers to being using new trauma kits

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Updated: 5/28 11:06 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Military tested trauma kits will soon be carried by New York State police officers into the field.

The Belt Trauma Kit was combat tested by the military on the front lines. As a result, soldiers were able to stop bleeding and avoid casualties.

The kit is designed to be used quickly in high pressure situations. It is similar to a tourniquet and comes equipped with fast, easy technology that a wounded person can apply to themselves in a matter of seconds.

The New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services said Wednesday every police officer in the state will soon carry the kit on them.

 “It will be a great tool if necessary,” Sgt. Matthew Dearing with the Schenectady Police Department said.

Capital Region law enforcement praised state leaders for making officer safety a top priority.

“I’m glad that the state is taking the initiative to make sure that officers are safe as well, and that’s what this could do – this could save the officer’s life,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. “And the main goal is to go home at the end of your shift and this is one way of helping that.”

The kit is meant for officers to use on themselves, but officers said they wouldn’t hesitate to use the kit on someone in need if a person is hurt and an officer is not in danger.

“You could use it on a civilian if that’s all you got to use,” Apple said.

Many law enforcement agencies in the Capital Region have recently purchased the kit and have trained officers how to use it, but Wednesday’s announcement came as a welcomed relief.

“If you have the type of injury where you are going to need to use it, at least you know now you have something that could potentially save your life or someone else’s,” Dearing said.

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