Keeping police deaths 'below 100'

By Matt Porter

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM EST

Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Sheriff's Office sends deputies to Albany to learn how to avoid police deaths 'in the line of duty.'

The Albany event Monday was part of the Below 100 Initiative, a nationwide effort to keep police deaths in the line of duty to below 100 a year for the entire country.

The program teaches officers steps they can take, to better protect themselves while on the job.

The classes include five fundamental rules: Police should always wear their seat belts, wear their bullet-proof vests, watch their speed while driving, and stay present in the moment.

Broome County Sheriff's Office Captain Frederick Akshar said the full-day event was comprehensive and will help keep officers from being dangerously complacent on duty.

"I think the 'Below 100' class is an eye opener for everybody," Akshar said. "It makes you remember those five important tenants, and makes you more keenly aware of the things you should be focusing on."

The last time fewer than 100 officers died in the United States was 1944.

38 officers have died in the line of duty in the nation so far this year, which is down about 5 percent from this time last year.

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