OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University officially launched its new Center for Criminal Justice with a "Go Kit" emergency medical training event Friday at the Owings Mills campus.
More than 200 law enforcement professionals from across Maryland participated in the exercise. The Center, which is under the direction of former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, will equip and train police to use "Go Kits," a compact set of materials such as tourniquets and coagulants that enable officers to treat critically wounded people during "active" situations.
Currently in use by only a handful of law enforcement agencies nationwide, 245 free "Go Kits" were distributed to the officers during the training. According to Stevenson officials, "Go Kits" are meant to be easy to use and less cumbersome than traditional medical kits, which allows responding officers to carry the contents on their person when entering an active situation, rather than have to return to the car to retrieve the materials.
"Go Kits are really 'stop the bleeding kits,'" said Hamin Shabazz, Associate Professor and Chair of Stevenson's Criminal Justice Department in a statement. "They will help to stop someone from dying from massive bleeding in those critical minutes or seconds before expert emergency medical personnel can be on scene."
Among those that participated in Friday’s training were the Baltimore County Police Department, Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis Police Department, Mass Transit Administration Police, Maryland State Police, Howard County Police Department, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland National Resources Police.
The "Go Kit" training was the first of several such events sponsored by the Center for Criminal Justice at Stevenson University.
"Our goal is to provide ongoing support for Maryland's law enforcement professionals and help give them the knowledge and techniques that facilitate their effectiveness and safety on the job," Bealfeld said in a statement.
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