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LA police training to use combat-style trauma kits

Posted: January 27, 2014 3:47 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2014 3:47 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police officers are being trained to use combat-style trauma kits to help victims of gunshot wounds and other emergencies.

Police Foundation Executive Director Cecilia Glassman says training is underway this month using gear loaned from the Fire Department but 8,000 trauma kits are on the way. The not-for-profit foundation raised more than $350,000 to pay for them.

The Associated Press has reported that a screener fatally shot in last year's LA International Airport attack received no medical aid for 33 minutes.

Because police are often the first at a scene where there are injuries, California law requires officers to have first-aid training in the academy and refresher courses afterward.

However, an audit last year found that only 250 out of nearly 10,000 LAPD officers had received refresher training.

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