The IACP-DuPont Kevlar Survivors’ Club® supports the overarching vision of the IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness. The Survivors’ Club was created with the following mission:
1. To reduce death and disability by encouraging increased wearing of personal body armor.
2. To recognize and honor those deserving individuals who, as a result of wearing personal body armor, have survived a life-threatening or life-disabling incident.
3. To serve the law enforcement community by collecting this important data and sharing valuable information relating to these survivor incidents
LOCAL DEPARTMENT'S ROLE
For the program to provide the information that can effectively reduce the number of assaults on police officers, it is important for the local police department to take simple but active steps in the Survivors' Club. The following steps are important:
1. Notify the club of saves.
2. Complete the assault/accident report.
3. Nominate the officer.
4. Present the awards to the officer.
We hope to obtain information about the assault/accident that will be helpful to the entire law enforcement community when planning strategies to avoid future incidents. The report form provides for nominating the officer to the Survivors' Club; however, if the department decides the officer does not deserve Survivors' Club® award, then the agency can decline to nominate the officer at the end of the report.
The local agency can decide how to present the award to the officer. The presentation, whenever possible, should be used to reinforce the need to wear body armor and to foster the relationship between the department's management and the operational units.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE SURVIVORS' CLUB?
To become a member of the IACP/Du Pont KEVLAR Survivors' Club®, the officer must have survived a potentially life-threatening incident because of the use of personal body armor. The types of incidents that qualify a candidate for membership include firearm assaults and attacks with knives, clubs, chains, and other weapons. Also included are accidents such as car and motorcycle crashes, fires, and explosions. Any brand of body armor or ballistic material is acceptable for consideration. International participation is encouraged.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Following the receipt of an application or report of the incident, club candidates are nominated by the chief/supervisor and then verified by the club administrator to ensure that the facts of the case qualify them for membership. Upon acceptance into the club, new members will receive recognition by the IACP and Du Pont in the form of a membership plaque and lapel pin as well a one-year subscription to Police Chief magazine. Club members will be awarded their personalized mementos through their departments.
For more information please contact:
Rebecca McClelland Stickley