Originally posted online August 27, 2013 by the Stevenson University Newsroom.
Stevenson University Nursing students and faculty participated in the “Go Kit” training held on August 30, 2013.
Stevenson University will officially launch its new Center for Criminal Justice with a “Go Kit” emergency medical training event for more than 200 law enforcement professionals from across Maryland. The event will take place Friday, August 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University’s Greenspring campus, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153.
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” will be distributed to the officers during the training.
Although many police vehicles are equipped with standard medical kits, “Go Kits” are meant to be easy to use and less cumbersome, 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. That difference of just a few minutes is crucial.
“Go Kits are really ‘stop the bleeding kits,’” said Hamin Shabazz, Associate Professor and Chair of Stevenson’s Criminal Justice Department. “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.”
Organizations participating in the training include 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.
Prior to the training, Dr. Thomas Scalea, Physician-in-Chief for University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, will address the officers about the role of “Go Kits.” Following the talk, participants will transition to the University’s Greenspring Gymnasium for realistic hands-on training provided by Stevenson Nursing program faculty and EMTs from the Baltimore County Fire Department. The Center will conduct two sessions, the first from 9-11 a.m. and the second from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The “Go Kit” training will be the first of several such events sponsored by the Center for Criminal Justice at Stevenson University, noted Bealefeld, who also serves as a full-time Distinguished Professional in Criminal Justice and as an Instructor on the Stevenson faculty.
“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,” he said.
The Center for Criminal Justice at Stevenson University (CCJSU) is an affiliate of the University’s undergraduate Criminal Justice Department. Its mission is to bring scholars, practitioners, and students together to facilitate the development and implementation of solutions to problems related to the criminal justice system in Maryland through research, experiential learning, and career and professional development.
For more information, contact Hamin Shabazz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-344-2446; or Frederick Bealefeld at email@example.com.