Class teaches local cops how to avoid being killed on the job

Class teaches local cops how to avoid being killed on the job

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A two day seminar in North Charleston is teaching local police officers how to stay alive and make sure they get home to their families at the end of their shift.

Tragically, that doesn't always happen.

Lt. Dennis Valone is an instructor with the organization Below 100.

Valone teaches a course designed to reduce the number of officers killed in the line of duty to fewer than 100 a year, nationwide.

On Thursday, the Alpharetta, Georgia police officer had a captive audience at North Charleston City Hall.

"We're tired of going to funerals. We're tired of seeing good cops murdered," Valone said.

Charleston County Sheriff's Captain Jim Woods has several friends on police forces who have been killed on the job.

"It's terrible. When you get the news it's like an extreme case of the flu. Your whole body aches, It's extremely emotional, It's a terrible thing to encounter," Woods said.

Valone says many of the cops who are killed have become too complacent, especially when it comes to traffic stops.

"They see it as a little old man or little old lady or a teenager and they don't take that as serious as what they portray as a bad guy and we've got to break that habit."

He tries to break those habits by showing actual dash cam videos of officers who made mistakes and wound up shot and killed or wounded.

Valone says the number one killer of cops on the job: traffic accidents.

He says fewer cops can be killed with more training.

"We tell our officers what we're doing is we are honoring our fallen by training our living."

1943 was the last year fewer than 100 officers were killed on the job in the United States.

Last year, 113 officers died in the line of duty.

So far in 2014, no officers in South Carolina have been killed in the line of duty.

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