According to CNY News, 200 LEOs from local, state and federal agencies have descended on Albany to participate in the national Below 100 Training Program hosted by the State Police Academy.
The goal of the program is to help reduce the number of duty fatalities to below 100 annually, which has not been done since 1944.
Attending LEOs will receive training in “driving issues, safe driving and skills that allow law enforcement members to quickly process and prioritize complex and dangerous situations,” a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo states.
“The men and women of New York’s law enforcement agencies put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe, and we are doing everything we can to ensure that they return home safely at the end of every shift,” Governor Cuomo said. “This training will help our law enforcement personnel learn new strategies to reduce fatalities on the job, and I am proud that New York is hosting this national event for the first time.”
“The New York State Police know first-hand the pain associated with losing a member,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “In 2013, the State Police lost four members in the line of duty. We are pleased to host this training for the first time in New York and are confident it will save lives. We want all members of law enforcement to return home safely at the end of their shift.”