National Police Association Podcast #80 with Ed Hinchey, Sr. Armor Technical Specialist, and Director of the Saves Club, Safariland


National Police Association Podcast #80 with Ed Hinchey, Sr. Armor Technical Specialist, and Director of the Saves Club, Safariland


QUOTES

01:52 "Body armor is technically bullet-resistant. There's no such thing as bulletproof even though there's things like the bulletproof vest partnership and that kind of thing out there. It is just bullet-resistant."

05:43 "We see the pictures of the tattoos coming back. They're really proud of that moment, that number that they've earned. It symbolizes that everything they worked hard for did the job and brought them home."

15:30 "Literally half of the agencies in the United States don't supply to their officers. They're like, if you want body armor, go get it. It's not mandatory wear. We're not required to give it to you."

18:47 "Katie Lawson out in Oklahoma City, again Presidential Medal of Valor winner. She was getting shot to pieces in her car from a rifle, and when she realized the car wasn't offering her any protection, she popped the door open and charged the shooter. That kind of heroism doesn't get talked about that much these days but it should."

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SUMMARY

In this episode of the National Police Association Podcast, Sgt. Betsy Smith interviews Ed Hinchey, Sr. Armor Technical Specialist of Safariland and Director of The SAVES Club. Body armor is a critical piece of equipment in safeguarding police lives and the SAVES Club honors those who survived critical times thanks to their armor. Today, Ed shares SAVES whose stories have impacted him the most. However, many people don't know that body armor is not a mandatory piece of equipment and many officers who want this protection have to purchase it out of pocket.

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HIGHLIGHTS

01:26 How body armor saved Ed and introduced him to the SAVES Club

05:57 Categories of the SAVES Club

11:04 Why not armor every police car?

14:48 Body armor: A personal cost to most police officers

17:34 Ed shares the SAVES who impacted him the most

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RESOURCES

National Police Association