Friday, June 5, 2009

Fallen Officer Blood Drive- Tuesday June 9th

Tuesday June 9, 2009 at the South Bend Police Department (701 W Sample) we will once again have the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.

The hours of the blood drive will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 9th. This is being held to show support for our fallen officers, who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Please come out and take some time to donate blood and help us honor our fallen officers' memory, and show your support for the SBPD!

Some requirements and information is as follows :

Whole Blood Donor Qualification Information

Whole Blood Donor
Qualifications . Must be at least 17 years of age or 16 years of age with signed parental consent.
. Must weigh at least 110 pounds.
. Must wait 56 days between donations.
. Must be in good general health.
. Must be symptom free for 72 hours after a cold or influenza.
. Must not have any open cuts.
. First time donors need a photo ID.
. Must not be pregnant
. Must wait 24 hours after dental cleaning and 72 hours after tooth extractions/root canal
Medications Most people taking medications, even prescription medications (including treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol), are accepted as blood donors. During the donor interview, the medications will be checked in the Medical Criteria Manual to ensure the safety of the donor's and recipient's health.
Immunizations 1-year wait: hepatitis B immune globulin (given for exposure to hepatitis).
4-week wait: chickenpox, German measles (rubella), typhoid oral vaccine.
2-week wait: measles (rubeola), mumps, oral polio, yellow fever.
8-week wait: smallpox. Recombivax for hepatitis B(preventative)
Okay: most toxoids, killed vaccines and influenza.

Deferral 1 year: Anyone who has taken anti-malarial drugs or had malaria, or traveled to a malarial risk area.
Anyone who has received blood or plasma or has had certain major surgeries.
Anyone who has had a tattoo, body and ear piercing or accidental needlestick.
Anyone who has had rabies shots, syphilis, or has had sexual contact with those in a high-risk group for AIDS.
3 years: Lived in risk area or had malaria.

Deferral Infectious hepatitis, AIDS, leukemia, lymphoma, chronic kidney disease, family history of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD), anyone who has spent time in UK that adds up to 3 months between 1980 and 1996 and anyone who has spent time in Europe that adds up to 5 years since 1980, dura mater transplant, or anyone testing positive to a hepatitis or HIV test, or is a member of a high risk group for AIDS. Cancer and heart disease must be evaluated by the screener.

REMINDERS: You need to eat a meal before donating blood.
You should refrain from strenuous activity for 24 hours after donating blood.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

FOP magnet fundraiser

From the SBPD FOP 36: Here is a photo of the new 'thin blue line' magnetic / decal sticker that is currently being sold by the South Bend Police - F.O.P. #36 Honor Guard. These magnets which sell for $5.00 each, measure 3 1/2" x 7 1/2" and are of excellent quality.

These magnets will be available for sale in the South Bend Police Department Records Section (between 8am-11PM) at the South Bend Police station main lobby, or may also be purchased at Policeman's Credit Union (1130 S. Main Street).

All proceeds will go to the South Bend Police - F.O.P. #36 Honor Guard.

These magnets will be promoted by radio station B-100 as well. Should anyone question you as to where to obtain a magnet, please direct them to either the Records Section or Policeman's Credit Union. These will only be available for a limited time, and while quantities last!

Show your local police support!

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Beyond "Slow Down"

If there is a lesson to be learned from the recent blast of winter weather, the message I would say is that people simply need to "slow down". It is a message that police and the media pass along all the time, but it holds true. What do I mean by slow down?

- Take the time to clear your windows off. All of them.
- Clean your headlights. Clean your taillights. I find as someone who drives around all day that it is very helpful when you know the car ahead of you is braking or making a turn. It may just keep you from being rear ended.
- Reduce your speed. I don't mean just in driving, but also when slowing down for an intersection. This is the difference between coming to a stop at the light or sliding through it instead.

I know all of these are basic tips, but I have spent the past three days going nearly non stop in an 8 hour shift going from crash to crash (the proper term these days, not "accidents", for some reason), and from seeing person after person stuck or slid off the road.

Nearly all of these could have been avoided if people just took an extra five minutes in the day to "slow down" when they needed to.

Talking on the phone or texting also slows down your ability to react and safely handle your car. The extra weather demands extra attention, not less of it.

I am thankful to have a safe driving record while on duty (knock on wood) so far. I can't help that as someone who drives not just to and from work, but also for 8 plus hours DURING work, that my ability to avoid accidents, even including many high speed pursuits- and running in emergency mode with lights and siren at least once nearly every single day- is a result of using plain common sense and driving with care and caution. Keeping a heads up on what people around you are doing and planning for them to mess up while driving.

You can argue that police officers have special training and driving experience. This is true, but I attended the same basic high school Drivers Ed as you and take the same basic Indiana drivers license test as you. Defensive Driving applies to everyone. Using it is the key.

And after you have been in the cold, the snow, and throw in a near miss or two, you are thankful every day when you have only ONE crash report in a shift- because people decided to practice safe and slow driving that day.

Thanks for reading, see you next week!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome to Street Beat

Street Beat is designed to be a look at life from a patrol officer's perspective. Things that an officer deals with that may or may not be crime related. The human side, if you will. Stories will be posted periodically, so stay tuned!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

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SBPD Street Beat blog is coming soon. A look of stories and perspective on policing in South Bend from street officer's perspective. Keep watching!