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HomeMy WebLinkAbout0005 - LINE OF DUTY DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURYRed Wing Police Department Policy SUBJECT: POLICY NUMBER 5 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INJURY EFFECTIVE DATE Januar 18, 2008 � Reference(s): APPROVED BY: CHIEF ROGER D. POHLMAN PURPOSE: This policy is intended to assist the Red Wing Police Department in the handling of line of Duty Death, Natural Death, and Serious Injury of departmental member. Death of any kind is a traumatic experience. The way that a department handles itself through this period, which can be very damaging or very positive, will have a lasting impact of the officer's family, friends, co-workers, and the department as a whole. 1. DEFINITIONS: A. Active Department Member — Anyone currently employed by the Red Wing Police Department. B. Licensed Peace Officer — Those active department members as defined by Minnesota State Statute 626.05. C. On Duty — Any active department member who is working their regular, overtime, or volunteer shift. This also includes a licensed peace officer that is engaged in a lawful police action. D. Off Duty — Any active department member who is not working their regular, overtime, or volunteer shift. This also includes a licensed peace officer that is engaged in a lawful police action. E. Line of Duty Death — A death of a member occurring while performing in the scope of one's duties. IE: fatal gunshot wounds, heart attacks during arrest, chases, or subduing of prisoners, and auto accidents. F. Non -Line of Duty Death — Any death occurring generally off duty, which is accidental, natural or intentional, which is not a result of a police action. IE: Terminal illness, suicide, or an off duty auto accident. 2. LINE OF DUTY DEATH: For the purpose of this policy, a Line of Duty Death shall be classified as any licensed peace officer working for the Red Wing Police Department who dies while in the performance of, or as direct result of, his/her duty. This death may be intentional or accidental. In the tragic event that an officer is killed in the line Page 1 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 of duty, the notification of the family and staff is the most difficult and important task. The supervisor on duty or senior officer shall take control of the situation. The supervisor or senior officer will make the following notifications via telephone: the Chief of Police and the Captain. In absence of the Chief of Police and Captain, the order of notification shall be the chain of command. The supervisor or senior officer will retrieve the Emergency Notification Information Form from a secured cabinet. At this point, they will determine which officers and/or clergy will be sent to the officer's residence and any other pertinent information that may be needed. The notification of the immediate family shall be done in person by the family liaison, a uniformed officer and a member of the department's administration. The uniformed officer will be available to deal with the home situation, such as children, pets, locking up of the house, etc. Under no circumstances shall the officer's name be used over the police radio. A round the clock guard will normally be placed at the home. The family liaison and the department will evaluate the circumstances and the need for placement of the guard. In all cases a guard will be placed at the home on the day of the funeral. In any highly publicized incident, a guard will be immediately placed at the officer's home. When a guard has been placed at the home, he/she will be kept in place until the family liaison and the department recommend removal. Guards will be Police Department personnel, or others approved by the Chief of Police or their designee. The immediate family will be transported to the hospital by the liaison. Under no circumstances shall the family drive themselves. Other family members in the area should be notified via telephone before the officer's name is released to the media. Once all proper notifications have been made, the Chief of Police or their designee, at their discretion shall appoint a department spokesman to release information to the media in reference to the incident. All care and consideration should be given to the family's wishes, i.e., the media should be kept away, updated medical conditions, visitations, other pertinent information etc... The department administration and liaison will use the checklist in this situation. 3. FAMILY LIAISON SUPPORT OFFICER: At the time this policy is put into place, the Chief of Police or their designee shall appoint one or two Liaison Support Officers for the immediate family. (Depending on the officer's notification form) The liaison officer should be an officer that knows the family, but is not emotionally involved. This position is not a decision- making roll, but one to act as a facilitator between the family and the Red Wing Police Department. This position should be staffed around the clock until two days after the funeral. The liaison will be issued a beeper and cellular telephone. They will be made available to the family for the period of time in which the following shall be accomplished: Page 2 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 a. Initial contact b. Wake C. Funeral d. Daily contact for two weeks to include one session with a psychologist e. Bi -weekly contact for the first month f. During the first month, a one -day session with the county/state benefits coordinator to explain the benefits due, with a six month follow up to ensure payment. g. Monthly contact for one year The Liaison Support Officer is there to assist the family and to insure that the needs of family come first. The family shall appoint one family member to be the spokesman for the family and work with the Liaison Support Officer. 4. DEPARTMENT LIAISON OFFICER: The Department Liaison Officer position will be one of the department administrators or a supervisor. This position has to be able to effectively coordinate the affairs of the department, family and other agencies. Delegation and responsibilities - The Department Liaison Officer has the authority to delegate tasks to other employees, departments, or organizations. This officer must be compassionate and sympathetic to the needs of the family first and the department second. a. Work closely with Family Liaison Support Officer. b. Handle news media throughout this period. C. Have regular meetings with Administration and other essential people to keep everyone informed. d. Meet with Administration, family representative, funeral director, LEMA representative, family clergy, and color guard commander to coordinate funeral services. e. Continuously notify other agencies via teletype of funeral arrangements and information regarding this incident. (I.E. name of deceased, date and time of death, circumstances surrounding death, uniform to be worn, expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, and name of contact person) f. Send acknowledgements to assisting agencies and visiting agencies after funeral day. g. To look after family considerations. (I.E. the surviving parents of the deceased officer, returning of personal belongings to family, assignment of officer to family home during the reviewal and funeral, and to make arrangements for routine residence checks of the survivors home for 6 to 8 weeks following the funeral. Page 3 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 5. WAKE / MOURNING: In the event of a line of duty death, the department shall immediately implement a 30 day mourning period to include the following: all L.E.C. flags will be flown at half mast, all marked police units to drive with their headlights on, all officer's to wear a black band over their badges, organized processional to cemetery if applicable, and united showing of law enforcement personnel at funeral as outlined in this procedure. The Chief of Police or their designee will send a request to the Red Wing City Council requesting that all City of Red Wing agency flags to be flown at half mast. A teletype should be sent to other law enforcement agencies with all the details in regard to the incident and funeral arrangements. It should also contain information for out of town officers who wish to attend. The department should allow the family to keep all of the officer's duty equipment, except their service weapons and ammunition. The family should be advised of the strong need of the department to honor one of its own, especially for a line of duty deaths. The department shall assist the family with providing transportation, lodging, food and a meeting area for out of town residents. This is not to state that the department will pay for these arrangements. The Police Department's administration will be in contact with the Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) on the family's behalf to coordinate all honor guard and other pertinent law enforcement funeral information. If the family should want to have a private service instead of a Law Enforcement Funeral Service, this should be noted on the Emergency Notification Form. Members of the Police Department who were on scene or arrived shortly after another member's death or serious injury should be relieved of duty as soon as possible. 6. ASSISTANCE FOR OFFICERS AT THE SCENE OF THE INCIDENT: A traumatic incident such as this affects different people in different ways. Therefore, a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing shall be held under the auspices of clergy and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team from southeastern Minnesota. (800-237-6822) This debriefing will be MANDATORY for the following personnel: a. All officers who were at the scene. b. All officers that work on the same shift. Page 4 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 The debriefing will be on a volunteer basis for the following personnel: a. On duty dispatchers. b. Close departmental friends. C. Spouses of affected co-workers. d. All other members of the Red Wing Police Department and immediate family members as appropriate. 7. RELIGIOUS SERVICES: The Department Liaison Officer will be responsible for setting up parking and traffic control with the LEMA representatives and other assisting agencies. A LEMA officer will call all officers to "Attention" and then call all officers to "Present Arms". All officers will render a hand salute and hold this position until the family and departmental members have been seated in the church/chapel. At this time, the LEMA officer will call all officers to "Order Arms". Order of service to be set by family wishes, the Emergency Notification Form, the Department wishes, and suggestions from LEMA. After the services have been completed, all uniformed personnel will pass in review. Uniformed personnel will form in front of the Church/Chapel. Procession out of the Church/Chapel shall be: 1. Dignitaries 2. All others in attendance 3. Honor Guard 4. Minister/Chaplain 5. Pallbearers with casket 6. Family As the Minister/Chaplain exits the church/chapel, the LEMA representative will call all officers to "Attention". As the casket comes into view, the LEMA representative will call all officers to "Present Arms". All officers will hold this position until the casket has been placed into the hearse, at which time the LEMA representative will call all officers to "Order Arms". 8. PROCESSION TO CEMETERY: The procession to the cemetery shall be as follows: All marked units of the Red Wing Police Department, Hearse, Family, Friends, Chief of Police and Captain, other dignitaries, and all other agencies attending services. All officers will, upon arrival at the cemetery, assume their positions in formation near the grave. The Department Liaison and LEMA representative prior to the service will direct formation positions. The LEMA representative will call all uniformed officers to "Attention" as the pallbearers remove the casket from the hearse. Page 5 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 The procession to the graveside will be: 1. Minister/Chaplain 2. Honor Guard 3. Pallbearers with casket 4. Family As the procession approaches the graveside, the LEMA representative will call all uniformed officers to "Present Arms". Once the casket has been placed at graveside, the LEMA representative will call all uniformed officers to "Order Arms" and then "Parade Rest". All uniformed officers will remain in this position during the grave services. After the Minister/Chaplain finishes the grave services, the LEMA representative will call all uniformed officers to "Attention" and to "Present Arms" while the firing team fires the twenty-one gun salute and the bugler plays taps. Upon the completion of taps, the LEMA representative will call all uniformed officers to "Order Arms". The pallbearers will then fold the flag and present it to the Chief Of Police or their designee who will then present it to the next of kin. The Minister/Chaplain will then offer the benediction. The LEMA representative will then dismiss all uniformed officers. 9. PALLBEARERS: The family will decide whether the pallbearers will be selected from family, friends, and/or co-workers. This information can also be listed on the Emergency Notification Form. Personnel acting as pallbearers will be in uniform. Pallbearers will be seated during the funeral services. At the end of the service, the pallbearers will not pass in review of the casket, but will remain in the Church/Chapel until everyone exits. At the cemetery, the pallbearers will accept the casket from the hearse and place it at the gravesite. The pallbearers will then face the casket and remain at "Attention" throughout the graveside services and follow the commands of the LEMA representative through the twenty -one -gun salute and taps. After the flag has been folded and presented to the next of kin, the pallbearers will then remove their gloves and place them on the casket (only for an officer who has been killed in the line of duty.) The pallbearers will then march to a predetermined position to be dismissed. 10. OTHER THAN LINE OF DUTY DEATHS: In the event of death or serious injury of a Red Wing Police Department employee, other than a licensed officer, the department shall show every care and consideration to that employee and family. Page 6 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 11. ACTIVE DEPARTMENT MEMBER: Upon notification of the death of a Red Wing Police Department Officer (all licensed departmental personnel), the supervisor or senior officer on duty shall notify the Department Administration. The department shall implement a seven- day mourning period to include the following: The Minnesota L.E.C. flag will be flown at half-mast, organized processional to cemetery if applicable, and a unified showing of law enforcement personnel at the funeral. The Chief of Police or their designee shall appoint a Family Support Liaison Officer to the family. This officer shall assist the family and shall honor all reasonable requests for the family. The liaison officer should be made available to the family until such time that the family no longer needs assistance from the department. The department will keep in contact with the family especially during the holiday season. A guard will be placed at the home on the day of the funeral. 12. RETIRED: When the Red Wing Police Department receives notification of the death of a retired Red Wing Police Department Officer (all licensed departmental personnel), the on duty supervisor or senior officer will notify the Department Administration. If the retiree has died with in five years of retirement the department will implement a three-day mourning period to include: the Minnesota L.E.C. flag will be flown at half-mast, organized processional to cemetery if applicable, and a unified showing of law enforcement personnel at the funeral. The Chief of Police or their designee will appoint a Family Support Liaison Officer to offer assistance on behalf of the department. As determined by the Family Support Liaison Officer and the department, a guard may be placed at the home on the day of the funeral. If the retiree has been retired from the department for more then five years the department shall show every care and consideration to that retiree's family. Department mourning time and involvement in the funeral will be at the discretion of the Chief of Police or their designee. 13. SERIOUS INJURY: When a licensed officer is seriously injured while performing his/her duties, the on -duty supervisor or senior officer shall immediately notify the injured officer's immediate family. The on -duty supervisor or senior officer shall assist the injured officer's immediate family to the hospital. The on -duty supervisor or senior officer shall then notify the Department Administration of the serious injury. The Chief of Police or their designee shall assign the injured officer's supervisor to assist in the needs of the family until the injured officer can return to work. When the Red Wing Police Department receives notification of the serious injury, (non -life threatening) illness, and/or hospitalization of a Red Wing Police Department's Officer, the on -duty supervisor or senior officer will notify the Department Administration. The Chief of Police or their designee will assign the Page 7 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5 officer's supervisor to assist in the needs of the family until the officer can return to work. A guard will be placed at the hospital and, or at the officer's home on all highly publicized incidents (I.E. shooting incidents, pursuits, crashes). The department in each situation will evaluate the period of time the guard is in place. Page 8 of 8 LINE OF DUTY DEATH & SERIOUS INURY-POLICY 5