I went to Brooklyn in October to attend a twice-a-year training program of POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance). I’ve been involved with POPPA since 2009 and completed a 38-hour class to be a Peer Support Officer. I’ve also completed a two-day suicide prevention program in the POPPA office called ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
Whenever possible I make it a point to represent the profession of Law Enforcement at the funerals for officers who have died in the line of duty. It shows a level of respect and appreciation for service of individuals that goes beyond the local force and community. A year or so ago, I attended a funeral and learned about the Brotherhood for the Fallen.
Mike Dyer, Attorney At Law and former cop himself, speaks to police officers about personal injury law and their legal rights and procedures if they are injured in the course of their duty. Mike combines his personal perspectives as a former NYPD officer and trained attorney as he explains options and resources available to cops regarding personal injury, insurance and the law.
A cop receives months of academy training to do their job and protect the public but very little time is spent to protect that cop and their family from an injury. A cop is out on the road at the worst of times. Road patrol continues during snow and rain storms, at night when the drunk drivers are out, and at accident scenes when the red lights of a cruiser turn the patrol car into a magnet for people not paying attention.
We all know that cops are not legally required to wear seatbelts while on duty, for some very good reasons. We also know that a car stop can get ugly very quick. However, sometimes it makes sense to put your seatbelt back on when you return to the cruiser to do paperwork.