Tonawanda News

May 3, 2014

State police participating in training

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The New York State Police Academy in Albany is holding the “Below 100” training program Monday for the first time in New York State in an effort to train officers on safety procedures to reduce line of duty deaths. 

Around 200 law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies from around the state are taking part in the training. The goal of the trainings is to reduce line-of-duty deaths nationally to under 100 annually, which hasn’t been done since 1944. According to a press release from the New York State Police, there were 174 line-of-duty deaths in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the first year after “Below 100” training was initiated, line of duty deaths dropped to 120. 

The “Below 100” training specifically targets driving issues, including safe driving skills, police said. 

The training is free and offered at police academies around the country.