Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Officer Survival Initiative?
-A vendor of high quality tactical and law enforcement gear and;
-A training grant organization. We provide at least two grants per year to officers who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend lifesaving training. We put a particular emphasis on small departments and on courses in tactical medicine, trauma care, defensive tactics, and "train-the-trainer" topics.
What's Different about OSI?
OSI is dedicated to doing our part to ensure that every law
enforcement officer comes home at the end of their shift. Sure, we sell
high quality first aid, trauma care, and rescue equipment; but we also
live our core mission by using our revenue to fund training. This
allows us to give back to our community and our customers by helping
police officers hone their skills. Many of our training grants are
focused on small and underfunded police departments that might not
otherwise be able to access special training opportunities.
Is OSI a non-profit?
We spent a lot of time struggling with what legal form OSI should take. In the end, we chose a for-profit model for two reasons.
- Because most of our revenue comes from the sales of goods, this would be considered by the IRS to be income unrelated to our core mission. Because of this we would be taxed just like a for-profit on the vast majority of our revenue.
- We have a fair amount of experience in the non-profit sector, and in light of the above, it just wasn't worth the time and headache that comes with tax reporting for non-profits to maintain their status.
Can I donate to the Officer Survival Initiative?
Because we're legally a for-profit corporation, we can't accept donations. There's three ways you can support our mission:
- When you or your agency need high quality trauma care equipment, or custom kit solutions, come to the Officer Survival Initiative. A portion of every dollar we make goes directly into our training grants.
- Tell your other favorite vendors to co-sponsor our training grants. They get free advertising, and we get to give away more money.
- Tell your friends about us. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch our blog. The feeds are at the bottom.
If you're not a non-profit, what's with the .org?
This was another tough internal debate that we had. We feel that even though we're not legally a non-profit organization, the .org reflected our mission and our identity much better than a .com.
How much are the grants for?
The Officer Survival Initiative provides the first $500 of every
grant, and this is the base amount. Additional dollars are solicited
from corporate partners and the amount may increase based on the number
of sponsors and the amount of their contributions.
Who can apply for grants?
OSI's training grants are open to all active, commissioned law
enforcement professionals or those individuals currently, directly, and
actively supporting law enforcement operations, i.e. tactical
paramedics. Individuals must have the support of their sending or
employing agencies. All claims of employment, affiliation, or
agency support will be verified.
How do I apply for a grant?
Please go to our Training Grants page for all the details.
What can grants be used for?
Grants can be used to cover tuition in any training course put on by a professional training organization that improves officer survival. Extra weight is put on courses in the following areas:
+ Tactical Medic”, “EMT-T”, “Tactical EMT”, or equivalent;
+ “Tactical Lifesaver”, Combat lifesaver, or equivalent;
+ Officer rescue courses;
+ Train-the-trainer courses.
The course provider must be willing to enter into a vendor agreement with, and accept third-party payment from, OSI on behalf of the grantee.
How are grants issued?
Grants will be issued to the training organization directly, not to the recipient or the sending agency. In the event of course cancellation or other circumstance resulting in a refund, all refunds of grant funds will be to the Officer Survival Initiative, not to the individual or agency.
What's my responsibility if I'm issued a grant?
Nothing in life comes without some responsibility. As a grant recipient, you agree to:
- Attend the training;
- Do the best you can in the training;
- Allow us to use your first name, likeness, and general information for publicity;
- Provide a brief written summary and review of the training.
Who decides who gets a grant?
Grant issuance is at the sole discretion of the management of the Officer Survival Initiative.
I'd like to sponsor a grant!
If you'd like to provide cash sponsorship or you represent a training agency and would like to provide in-kind sponsorship, please email us.
There's something I'm looking for, but I don't see it on your website.
We can source just about any trauma or rescue product you're looking for. Give us a call or email us and we'll do our best.
Can I add or remove items from your premade kits?
Sometimes. If there's something specific you'd like to add or remove, email us or call, and we'll see if we can put it together for you.
I need a custom kit for my agency, can you help?
Absolutely. Our staff have direct experience in both field medicine in general and TEMS specifically, so we'd be happy to put together a custom kit to fit your requirements and get you a quote.
I need to return an order.
All of the details can be found on our Terms and Conditions page, but the short version is that you have 30 days to return anything to us that you're not satisfied with, with some limitations.
Is it true that you'll replace stuff for free?
Absolutely. If you purchase one of our kits and use an item for an actual medical emergency, we'll replace the contents used free of charge. All you have to do is tell us how you used them and pay for the shipping and handling. Just email us or call and we'll take care of you!
What kind of chest seal should I get? Vented? Non-Vented?
The simple answer is, it depends. If your training and protocols allow you to perform needle decompression, it makes sense to go with a non-vented seal. Conversely, if you aren't in a system where you can perform ND, you should stick with the non-vented version.
Are there any restricted items on your site?
Yes. Both QuikClot products and needles are considered restricted items, requiring medical authorization and oversight. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations in the use of these items. OSI and our vendors cannot be held liable for any misuse. Please pay attention to specific restrictions and requirements. Complete information can be found in our terms and conditions.
Why did my order show up in three different boxes from three different addresses??? Why does it say "TGD Tactical" on the return address?
In order to ensure timely shipping and the best prices possible, we work with several drop ship vendors to handle our merchandising and shipping. Don't worry, it all comes through us!