ST. PETERSBURG — Military-style tourniquets are part of the more sophisticated gunshot wound trauma kits police officers now carry.
On Friday, the St. Petersburg Police Department showed off the kits, which have been issued to all its officers, and demonstrated how they might be used in the field.
The kits include Combat Application Tourniquets, which are nearly identical to those issued to U.S. combat soldiers. The tourniquets have become more popular in law enforcement circles and can be worn on an officer’s gun belt, according to the police department.
The new trauma kits, which also include clotting agents and compression bandages, are better tools for treating gunshot wounds than the generic first-aid packs officers used to carry. The kits cost $26,220 and were paid for with forfeiture and seizure funds taken from convicted felons and drug dealers, according to the police department.