YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Training never stops for law enforcement officers. On Friday, a special program was held in Youngstown to remind officers of some simple steps that can help save lives.
The Below 100 program highlights the five factors that significantly reduce the number of police officer deaths across the nation. Some of those factors are driving slower, wearing a seat belt and always putting on a bulletproof vest.
“There’s a lot of law enforcement officers nationwide where their departments don’t even issue bullet-proof vests for their officers. But even when officers are issued them, some are choosing not to wear them,” said police instructor Jeffrey Scott.
There are 26,000 police officers in Ohio.
Scott said by applying concepts learned in the program and avoiding complacency, officers can prevent deaths. That’s where the name “Below 100” comes in.
“By applying those, we hope to get the number of law enforcement officers killed every year below 100. We haven’t been below 100 since 1943,” he said.
Below 100 also shares many officers’ success stories as part of the program.
Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene was in one of the classes recently, and that is why he brought it here — to help protect the women and men who carry the badge.