Law Enforcement Stops and Safety Subcommittee(LESSS)
Roll-Call Videos Promoting Officer-Safety
LESSS has produced four roll-call training videos promoting officer-safety: Your Vest Won't Stop This Bullet (2005), P.U.R.S.U.E. (2007), Saving Lives...One Stop At A Time (2008), and Is Today Your Day? (2010). Your Vest Won't Stop This Bullet presents ways to mitigate the perils of traffic stops and other roadside contacts, while P.U.R.S.U.E. deals with decision making during motor vehicle pursuits. Additionally, Saving Lives...One Stop At A Time showcases law enforcement’s efforts to save lives and reduce crash injuries. Finally, Is Today Your Day? encourages law enforcement officers to wear seatbelts.
The videos are available to law enforcement agencies on a single disc. For additional information on the videos, contact Dick Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traffic stops are essential to effective traffic law enforcement and frequently act as the gateway to detecting serious crimes and arresting dangerous criminals; however, they are inherently perilous to police officers. The IACP's Highway Safety Committee (HSC) and a number of police agencies recognized this dilemma and--in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)--sought, via the March 2003, establishment of its Law Enforcement Stops and Safety Subcommittee (LESSS), to improve the environment in which officers operate. LESSS is attempting both to solidify past efforts, especially those significant ones of the Arizona CVPI Blue Ribbon Panel, and to explore better ways to ensure officer safety during traffic stops and other roadside contacts. This may be the single most important endeavor in terms of the safety of today's police officers, and the formation of this subcommittee brings together under one umbrella past labors in this realm.
View the Arizona Highway Patrol's Presentation on Vehicle Safety.
View the LESSS Staff Study 2004:
Staff Study 2004 (Screen Quality) or (Print Quality).
View the Police Chief Magazine article Solutions for Safer Traffic Stops.
For more information, contact Richard Ashton, staff liason, 800-THE-IACP Ext. 276.