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JUNE 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 6

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JUNE 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 6 • The History of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol • Beach Safety Tips • It's Island Time - Where to Stay, Eat & Play on the Island • The Texas School District Police Chiefs Conference • State & National Law Enforcement News • Warstory - What Happened to Susan Miller? • President Biden Receives Light Bulb Award • Open Road - The End of the HEMI? • Fishing with Rusty Barron • Dr. Tina speaks with David Edwards - Humanizing the Badge

Beach Safety Tips Avoid

Beach Safety Tips Avoid Swimming at the Ends of the Island: The San Luis Pass and the Ship Channel have strong tidal currents and changing bottom contours. Fish from shore in these areas! Don’t Swim Alone: Your buddy can call or wave for help if you can’t. Swim Near a Lifeguard Galveston boasts an “Advanced Level” Lifeguard service certified by the United States Lifesaving Association. We’re out there from early morning till dark throughout the summer at the large beach parks and along the seawall, so shouldn’t be hard to find the right place. The guard is an added layer of protection, although you are still responsible for you and your family’s safety. They are there not only to protect you but to serve as ambassadors for all the island has to offer. Don’t Dive in Headfirst: To avoid the chance of a head or neck injury. Observe Warning Signs and Flags: All 600 of ours are all bilingual and use icons. Lifejackets: Non-swimmers and children should use properly fitted lifejackets when in or around the water. Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix: Many of the beaches here are alcohol free. Take Precautions from the Heat and Sun: Wear loose-fitting clothing and a hat, sunscreen with a high SPF, good sunglasses, and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Remember the beach isn’t a pool or pond. There are currents, marine life, and the bottom is uneven with troughs and drop-offs. You should be much more careful and be sure to not exceed your ability. Avoid Rip Currents Specifically, stay away from the rocks and structures- where there is a chance you could be caught in a dangerous rip current that will pull you out. If caught in a rip current, relax and float until the currents and waves return you to shore. If you’re a good swimmer, swim parallel to shore towards breaking waves where the water is shallow and then go to shore. Never enter a rip to help someone. Instead, throw a floating object like the ring buoys and ropes in the rescue boxes on the groins. And most importantly, maintain good situational awareness, don’t check your brain at the causeway. CHIEF PETER DAVIS, GALVESTON ISLAND BEACH PATROL 78 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 79

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