Winchester hosts police training program

Published 8:19 am Friday, February 24, 2017

Officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies met in Winchester Wednesday to learn ways to reduce line-of-duty deaths for police officers.

The officers attended a training session to become trainers for the Below 100 program, Winchester Police Chief Kevin Palmer said. The session was at the Emergency Operations Center.

According to Below 100’s website, the goal is to reduce the number of officer deaths nationwide to fewer than 100, which has not happened since 1943. In 1974, there were 274 line-of-duty deaths. In recent years, the average has been around 150 annually, the organization said.

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The topics sound simple, Palmer said, such as wearing seat belts, driving slower and wearing bulletproof vests. The other two tenets are thinking about ‘What’s important now?’ and ‘Complacency kills.’

Those five tenets, Palmer said, are things within an officer’s control.

“It’s a powerful presentation,” he said. “Every little thing we can to do lessen the chances of getting hurt.”

Palmer said all of the department’s command staff attended the program last year. This year, eight Winchester officers became certified trainers who can train others within the department.

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