Published on July 8th, 2015 |0
Buckhead Coalition has delivered 645 ‘Trauma Kits’ for APD officers
APD Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs first reported to the NPU-B board that the Coalition had this week delivered 230 of the trauma kits to him at the Buckhead precinct and Hobbs indicated he intended to distribute those 230 all to his Zone 2 officers.
Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, announced the trauma kit pilot program for front-line police officers last October, with an initial distribution of 30 kits to the APD’s Zone 2 precinct in Buckhead. (To read the story about the program, click here.)
The Trauma Plate Pack, obtained from a California firm (Officer Survival Solutions, OSS), contains a hemostatic gauze, SWAT-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet, OSS Combat Compression Dressing, pair of tactical nitrile gloves, and a field application card. The trauma kits are in specially-designed “skip packs” and have a three-year shelf-life.
When arranging to undertake this pilot initiative for Buckhead’s APD Zone 2, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner suggested it be offered citywide. Massell invited A.J. Robinson, president of downtown’s Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), and Keith Green, president of Midtown Alliance, to participate equally, which each agreed to do.
Buckhead Coalition Vice President Garth Peters confirmed to the NPU-B board Tuesday night that 645 of the trauma kits have now been delivered to the APD by the Coalition. He said the Coalition’s goal is to deliver a total of 1,000 of the kits.
Peters said he had spoken earlier in the day to a Buckhead citizen council on crime and had pitched neighborhood groups participating in helping to raise funds to purchase additional kits. The Coalition has been seeking donations for the kits since last October, with the cost for each kit being $50.
Peters said, while the Coalition cannot accept the donations because of its tax status, the donations can be channeled by the Coalition through the Atlanta Police Foundation. He told the NPU-B board that one Buckhead neighborhood raised $7,000 for the purchase of the trauma kits.
To purchase kits for all of the front-line officers in the 2,000-member Atlanta Police Force is estimated to cost between $75,000 and $100,000.
Public participation in the Atlanta Police Trauma Kit tourniquet program is being made possible through an arrangement with State Bank and Trust Company. The Trauma Kits are available at $50 each and, if requested, will bear a sticker identifying the donor. There is no limit to how many can be ordered.
The process is simple: Make the check out to The Atlanta Police Foundation and mail the check to State Bank and Trust Company, for Trauma Kit(s), Buckhead Tower at Lenox Square, 3399 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30326.
Distribution of the Trauma Kits will be handled by the Buckhead Coalition. The check must be made out to The Atlanta Police Foundation in order for the donation to be tax deductible.