Since October of 2016, Chief Carpenter has been serving as the International Vice President at Large for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) read more...
Blue360ºMedia: There is a recent legislative trend around the nation where new laws titled, “Blue, Red and Med Lives Matter,” are being enacted to enhance penalties for offenses committed against officers and other first responders because of their status.
Chief Carpenter: Utah also has such legislation (see c. 454, HB 433; c. 62, HB 124; c. 266, SB 31). This is a huge issue. Around the country, we’re seeing horrible assaults on law enforcement officers; lives are being lost every day. It is always a challenge to make sure that we are taking care of our officers. And with all of the challenges, our officers are being held to a much higher standard than they ever had been before, and there is a greater expectation for better education and better training read more...
Blue360º Media:Are there any other new items of legislation you see as important and trending around the nation?
Chief Carpenter:There are a number of items. Of course, mental health issues, including persons with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness, are extremely important. Right now, the IACP is spearheading the “One Mind Campaign,” which focuses on dealing with individuals experiencing mental health issues and those who are struggling with mental and emotional disabilities. The “One Mind Campaign” seeks to ensure successful interactions between law enforcement officers and persons affected by mental health issues. In this regard, we now have Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs), and our officers are “CIT trained. read more...”
Blue360º Media:Can you share a recent moment when you were particularly proud of how your o cers handled a difficult situation?
Chief Carpenter:Sure. We had a recent incident in which two officers were dealing with a fellow who jammed a three-inch incendiary mortar inside a metal tube, creating a make-shift type of firework rocket. He apparently intended to shoot the mortar from the tube, but the device jammed. The mortar exploded in the tube, ripping through the popliteal artery in the back of his leg, causing massive bleeding. Since the two officers who arrived on the scene had been properly trained to deal with such an injury, they were able to quickly access their mass casualty kit, obtain a tourniquet and blood stopper, apply it to his leg and save his life. Had they not had that training, the fellow probably would not have lived.