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Hawthorne Police Department

Saving Lives

For First Responders

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Intro


Hawthorne Police Department

Saving Lives

For First Responders

Providing casualty care to first line law enforcement officers and community members

 

FOR OUR OFFICERS

 

FOR OUR COMMUNITY

 

About


About


SAVING LIVES

 

J. Nakagawa, MD, Director of Tactical Medicine, HPD

Law enforcement officers have unique authority and powers vested in them. Those which seem to get the most attention, for better or worse, are those that allow us to apprehend criminals, enforce laws, and on occasion, to use force. However, they are just a part of the mission of our profession: to help those in need, both on and off duty. Our training allows us to do professionally what all good citizens want to do personally; to resolve disputes, stop injustice, and aid our fellow citizens. One infrequently discussed way in which we frequently make a positive impact is by providing medical aid. Though many people do not realize it, all officers in the state of California are trained to provide basic medical care as first responders.

Unfortunately, this training is limited and not emphasized in many departments and officers often lose their comfort with these skills. Our own experience at the Hawthorne Police Department with losing several of our own officers and seeing our citizens hurt or ill has led us to explore new and innovative ways to do more for those we serve. We began by creating a tactical medicine team of SWAT officers trained in lifesaving skills and sent several to train as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). Their skills were used far more on patrol and off duty than during SWAT operations and the decision was made to provide this training to all of our officers. Knowledge is useless without the tools to use it, so each officer was also issued a medical kit and encouraged to use it. Each patrol vehicle was equipped with defibrillators and a medical kit containing everything an officer might need in those critical few minutes between their arrival and the fire department paramedic’s.

Treating a fallen officer is not the time you want to learn how to apply a chest seal.
— J. Nakagawa, MD

Since the inception of the program our officers have saved many lives and made a huge positive difference in the lives of our citizens both on duty and off duty.  These stories of dedication and caring are best told by the men and women who are out there every day using their training to make that difference. In our Testimonial page, you will read Officer Michael Murray’s account of his experiences. Officer Murray was one of the first to volunteer for the medical team and has since taken a lead role in training and education with the tactical medicine team. His story embodies the character of the Hawthorne Police Department and the fine men and women who work here.

 
 

Training


Training


 

TRAINING

The members of the Hawthorne Police Department are certified instructors and teach the one-day course to interested agencies.   Contact us through email HERE if your agency is interested in the training.

Listed below are the training courses and agencies we have taught:

  • Hawthorne Police Department – October 2012
  • Inglewood Police Department – August 2013
  • LA IMPACT – June 2014
  • Manhattan Beach Police Department - February 2015
  • Redondo Beach Police Department – March 2015
  • Glendale Police Department - January 2016
  • Redlands Police Department – February 2016
  • West Covina – March 2016
  • California City – April 2016
  • Covina PD -- May 2016

Aardvark Tactical Regional SWAT Training Day – October 2015 Select members from:

  • Alhambra PD, South Pasadena PD, Pasadena PD, Torrance PD, LASD, LAPD, US Marshals, Beverly Hills PD, Covina PD, Azusa PD, Arcadia PD, Anaheim PD, Atwater PD, Department of Homeland Security, and California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
 

 

HPD uses and recommends the listed kit. You can find them at this location:

www.aardvarktactical.com

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Contact


Contact


The Hawthorne Police Department

12501 Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250