Tactical Casualty Care (Under Fire) for Law Enforcement -

Where and How Should I Carry My Tourniquet?

There are many Law Enforcement agencies throughout our country that  have adopted the Combat Casualty Care concept. These agencies have acknowledged that times are somewhat diffrent and the need to update their training. In many cases, the adoption of this concept initiates at the administrative level and flows down throughout  the agency via memo and policy updates/change. We all know that, an inherent by-product of this process, is the misinterpretation or  lack of understanding of the changes. For example, when an agency purchases GSW (Gunshot Wound Kit) kits for their personnel, the message needs to be clear that these kits have to be placed in their vehicles in one common location, preferably within arms reach of the driver. It also has to be clear that the tourniquet should probably be carried on their person and not stowed in the kit, which for the most part will remian in their police vehicle.  So, then the imfanous question arises each and every time. Where and how should I carry my tourniquet? My recommendation has always been to have it on your person. If we know that you can potentially bleed out in  just  minutes, your taking a risk, if you decide to leave it in GSW kit, in your vehicle. You might not have time to go back to the vehicle and grab your tourniquet.! So, where on your person? I have seen comfortable success with carrying your tourniquet in your front vest pocket, in your socks, in a pouch (attached to a vest), and a cargo pocket. Just recently, I noticed another comfortable way to carry or stow a tourniquet.      With this example, your not adding any additional pouches and your tourniquet is always with you.  No matter how you decided to carry it, Have it on your person!


  • Morris

    My VPOK (Ventilated Peace Officer Kit) is stowed in a pocket on my jumpsuit. Unfortunately, the concept of carrying a CCC type kit or tools is still in infancy around these parts. So, my SWAT-T and CAT are on me and available. My squad knows I have it on me but the challenge is that beyond my squad, most don’t know.

  • centcomsurvivor

    I carry my CAT-T in my cargo pocket. Only problem is only the guys on my team know its there.

  • dave

    Anytime I know that i am going to be armed I will ensure i carry my cell phone, spare ammunition, a small flashlight and a tourniquet, I also carry some combat gause in an inside jacket pocket as well as a chest seal. call me paranoid but rather have it and not need it than need it and die because i dont have it.,

  • Morris

    The challenge with sewing anything to the uniform is allowance by policy. We presently wear a Bratwear jumpsuit for standard patrol. We have the ability to have extra pockets added. However, I am reluctant to add reflective materials to a dark uniform. It’s challenging enough with the large POLICE patch on the front of my uniform and the POLICE billboard on my back.

    It has merit and I’ll look at it for suggestions for uniform changes.


  • jameson

    I have started to do a couple things. First, I have increased the number of tourniquets available, both in a patrol and in a tactical setting. I have a CAT-type or SOF-type tourniquets attached to each vest, using inner tube rubber or other means. These are attached externally and visible/accessible to anyone, and I can reach with either hand. These are attached to each plate carrier or outer vest. I also have adopted the TK-4 for its small size. The TK4 will fit in a small pouch or pocket, and you can carry several without the bulk/size of a CAT/SOF tourniquet. In addition, I have attached a TK4 to every long gun sling I have via the use of a quick release pouch made by Original Special Operations Equipment (OSOE). The pouch is small enough to keep on your sling, and ultimately everywhere the rifle goes, so does at least 1 TQ. For go-bags (or in my case, plate carrier) line equipment, I have a compact tear-off med kits that contains the basic TCCC items (such as the Ventilated Operator’s Kit or VOK). The tear-off kits also have another TQ available, either mounted externally to the molle webbing or a small TK4 inside.

    Ultimately, as each level of threat is increased, and our equipment worn increases (from patrol, to active shooter, to SWAT/Tactical), we increase the number, type and location of TQ’s available for ourselves, our team/partners, and injured citizens.

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