CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) The sheriff's office is using new technology on all their officers that alerts other first responders when one of there own is injured.
It looks like a flimsy piece of plastic but it's one of the best tools any officer can have if they're injured in the field. A demonstration shown during a meeting at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Wednesday shows how quick a deputy can get hurt. What's underneath the uniform is life saving.
"If you don't have this technology you're not prepared to handle an active shooter," said the inventor of the device, Ken Brinkley.
No matter where the officer is, when they're hit by a bullet or a knife, instant information like location and personal health facts, are sent to their colleagues and first responders through a text message or on their radios.
"Each deputy's personal information is already in the signal module. The rescue squad, on the way to the scene will be able to let the hospital know in advance what blood type he is, what drug allergies he has," said Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is the first law enforcement agency to use the Automatic Injury Detection technology in the country.
By the end of the month all 118 officers will have a panel to wear with their bullet proof vest. It was an 86 thousand dollar investment, but the sheriff says it's worth it.
"I will stop at nothing to protect our people," Partin said.