Police officers need the training in this essential life-saving skill set. While on patrol, the police are frequently called upon for life-saving assistance. Even off-duty, police officers are often expected to take some action in a life-threatening situation. The ideal scenario is that am EMT and/or an ambulance responds to a scene first, but quite often the police are first responders. All types of emergencies from vehicle accidents, to apparent heart attacks, to near drowning incidents, the police are the first to arrive at the scene and they must take immediate action. Experience has shown that simply checking a patient's airway and beginning chest compressions can save lives.
Students in the UHS AJM Academy of Law and Criminal Justice learned CPR under the direction of their teacher Douglas Montgomery.