NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston Police and officers from other South Carolina are learning strategies to reduce the number of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.
The "Below 100" training sessions are designed to reduce police line-of-duty deaths to fewer than one hundred deaths per year, organizers say.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes, the number of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty has dropped annually for the past two years. The site lists 179 line-of-duty deaths in 2011, 125 in 2012 and 105 in 2013. There have already been 54 line-of-duty deaths nationwide in 2014, the site states.
The initiative is led by a team of core trainers concentrating on the areas of loss that are most-easily avoided. The training can serve as an instrument of cultural transformation and improved operational practices, according to NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Every North Charleston Police officer is scheduled to complete the training over the next two days, Pryor said.