The Training Safety Officer (TSO) Program helps reduce injuries to law enforcement personnel from training activities. A designated safety officer works in tandem with the training instructor to provide a safer experience for the training session without compromising its effectiveness.
The training safety officer is an ideal addition to training sessions that include a physical or practical application (i.e., a higher risk of injury to participants), such as use of force/defensive tactics, firearms training qualifications, active shooter exercises, and the like.
Training has become the second-leading cause of injury for law enforcement personnel among MCIT members, costing the program more than $1 million from 2013 through 2015.
The rise in training injuries can be attributed in part to the increased realism of sessions and scenario-based approaches to training. However, as training is conducted in a controlled environment, the TSO program aims to build upon the controllable aspects of the training session to reduce the amount of injuries.
Together the training safety officer and instructor work closely as a team to plan, set up, observe and review the training session with a focus toward safety while ensuring a valuable training experience.
The PDF is a guide for implementing a Training Safety Officer Program.