Police training to reconize Diabetics with low blood sugar.

By rocketred Latest Reply 2011-03-12 22:17:17 -0600
Started 2011-03-10 19:01:06 -0600

I have been very concerned that police are not aware of the effects of diabetics and what happened when we have low blood sugar. Officers should be trained. Reasently in Ohio this very thing happened. A man was severly beat when 3 deputys thought he was drunk. Can there be training or information that is avalible?

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0tina0 2011-03-12 21:49:10 -0600 Report

My husband is an investigator with the Sheriff's department and has been in law enforcement 35 + years. Recently he was picking up a prisoner from another county. The guard gave the inmate insulin then released him to my husband. Since I am diabetic my husband quizzed the guard and told him he just did a very dangerous thing… the guard shot him a look and walked away. My husband loaded the man and apologized for the other officer and hurried to a hamburger place. The prisoner was already dizzy and a little disoriented by the time they arrived and my husband quickly got him a soda with sugar and had him drink up. Thank goodness my hubby knew all the signs and what to do… He is still mad about this incident and has written to the jail administrator…so far nothing has been done.

rocketred 2011-03-12 22:17:17 -0600 Report

Thank goodness for men like your husband. You make my point. How many times situations exactly like this has happen and not been reported. I would like to find out if there is some type of program to educate the police departments to recgnize the sine's of low blood sugar.

tabby9146 2011-03-11 11:55:55 -0600 Report

who has seen Steel Magnolias? The character on there had type 1 and there is this very dramatic scene, where she has a dangerous low BS spell. I never realized until I saw that movie (way back in the late 80s I think) that getting 'angry' and not being cooperative was sometimes, part of a very low spell in some people so my point is, perhaps that is what happened I am sure there are different reactions in people who go that low. Just a thought.

realsis77 2011-03-11 11:31:42 -0600 Report

What a terriable story! Wow! I've heard of simular things happening to diabetics before like that. The poliece better disguinish the difference or someone is going to put a law suite on them! That's such a sad story. I personally don't understand them beating a person even if they were drunk unless the person was combative and hostile. I think this is a good example as to why we need to wear our medical id bracelets or tags to help identify us as diabetics. I certainly hope poliece would be trained to tell the difference! Sometimes there are "bad" officers who take advantage of certain situations and hopefully their department will take care to rid those types of people off the force!

jayabee52 2011-03-10 19:57:15 -0600 Report

I don't understand how police would beat someone, even if he seemed drunk UNLESS he was combative. Yes I agree that police should have training about diabetics as part of their continuing education, but If someone is combative and resists arrest, then the officers have the right to use force to defend themselves.

rocketred 2011-03-10 21:19:29 -0600 Report

Please go to The Cincinnati Enquirer "Records show deputy often out of control" Jan.8 2011
This article can explan my corsern. Mr. J. Harmon was completely incapable of responding. He did not resist in any way. I do not know this man. I dont live in Ohio. We had a similar situation in my family 30 years ago. This is a terrible story.

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