INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Metro Police Department is rolling out a new training program to make sure that emergency responders are safer on duty.
The new effort, Below 100, is part of a national effort to reduce line-of-duty deaths across the county to below 100 annually.
The last time the nation's law enforcement agencies recorded fewer than 100 line-of-duty deaths was 1943.
At the IMPD Training Academy, veteran officers in the Below 100 program learned tools to keep them safe and alive on the job.
"We talk about speed, seat belts, vests, what's important now and complacency kills. Complacency controls all those other areas," said Lt. Marshall DePew.
Officers watched videos of police officers from other agencies who drove too fast and too reckless to calls for service that didn't justify the speed. The runs ended in crashes that injured and killed innocent citizens and sometimes themselves.
IMPD Lt. John Walton said the training underscores the need to weigh the risks against the reward.
"There's a tendency to want to get there as quick as possible. This training emphasizes that it's important to use your cognitive abilities to think through what you need to do so that you can get there safely," Watson said.
Throughout the history of Indianapolis law enforcement, 67 police officers and sheriff's deputies have died in line-of-duty deaths. In the past seven months, 30 IMPD officers have been involved in shootings.
In the past decade nationwide, 715 officers died behind the wheel of their police cruiser while 607 were killed by gunfire.
Below 100 teaches officers to emphasize those areas most under their control as a way to minimize death and injury.
"With the number of years that I have on the department, I have slowed down quite a bit than when I was younger. and I've just tried to be a lot smarter driver," Sgt. Mark Dorsey said.
Over the next two weeks, every IMPD officer, including the chief, will have gone through the training.
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