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Ohio joining national program to reduce law enforcement deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Ohio is one of several states participating in a program known as "Below 100." the goal is to get the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty below 100. It's a goal that hasn't been reached since 1944.

The program was created by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and is being taught nationally. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General's office, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to bring this training to regional locations across Ohio beginning this month. Officers attending will be trained by multi-agency instructors in the four-hour class. 

The classes will focus on officers wearing their seat belt and watching their speed while on patrol as well as wearing a bulletproof vest at all times. Those things are part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's safety policy, but each department has different policies.

"What we don't want is officers becoming complacent in their everyday actions," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey.

 

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