SARASOTA, Fla. -- April 14, 2016 -- 8:30 a.m.
On Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 a.m., the Sarasota Police Department will receive 160 trauma kits from the Sarasota Police Foundation. The trauma kits will be presented to Chief Bernadette DiPino and Deputy Chief Pat Robinson in the 2nd floor Community Room of the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters. All 160 kits will be on display. The public and media are invited to attend.
The trauma kits are individual-carry trauma packs that each Sarasota Police Officer can carry in a cargo pocket of their uniform pants. The trauma kits can be used to treat an on the spot gunshot or deep puncture wound. The Sarasota Police Foundation ordered 160 kits, one for each Officer, valued at nearly $7,000. The money to fund the purchase was donated by Mary Jean Williams, widow of Noah Williams, a former Sarasota Police Department Volunteer Ambassador.
Each trauma kit includes a tourniquet, compression bandage, gauze, medical gloves and an instruction card. Before an Officer carries a trauma kit, they will receive in-house training by the Sarasota Police Department Training Unit.
“The fact that the Sarasota Police Foundation has been able to raise the funds to be able to provide trauma kits for our Officers is very much appreciated,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “The Sarasota Police Foundation was established to keep our community and our Officers safe and these trauma kits will do just that.”