Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Lives Matter Protest at CUIS

Last week a Black Lives Matter protest and march took place at the St. Mary's waterfront, which is right next to Cumberland Island National Seashore's visitors center, dock, and administration buildings. The Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, which resulted in the murder of five law enforcement officers occurred about a week prior to the planned protest in St. Mary's. With Dallas being the last Black Lives Matter Protest, we certainly had to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. While I was not allowed to attend the protest, I was able to help Chief Ranger Hughes and Ranger Lawrence prepare for the event. I helped make medical bags specific for gun shot wounds and collect other medical equipment and prepare it in case a mass casualty incident occurred. The two CUIS law enforcement officers were joined by three other law enforcement officers detailed from Canaveral National Seashore and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. I was able to attend their meetings and briefings prior to the event and help the detailed officers become familiarized with the area. It was a great opportunity to talk with experienced officers, who I will hopefully run into again at FLETC.

The National Park Service worked together with St. Mary's Police Department and Camden County Sheriff's Office to ensure that the protest occurred peacefully and safely. About 75-100 people came to the protest and march. The protest occurred peacefully, which was a success for law enforcement. This event proved that all three agencies could work together really well when executing a plan. It's awesome to have good working relationships with nearby law enforcement agencies.

Prepared Medical Equipment

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