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Law enforcement training aims to save lives

Members of the Randolph Co. Sheriff's Dept. attended training to learn about how to cut down on the number of officers who die each year. (Source: WALB) Members of the Randolph Co. Sheriff's Dept. attended training to learn about how to cut down on the number of officers who die each year. (Source: WALB)
Captain Anthony Wright attended the training. (Source: WALB) Captain Anthony Wright attended the training. (Source: WALB)
Members of the department learned about making smarter choices behind the wheel. (Source: WALB) Members of the department learned about making smarter choices behind the wheel. (Source: WALB)
They watched videos or previous accidents and deaths. (Source: WALB) They watched videos or previous accidents and deaths. (Source: WALB)
Julie Hyer ran the training. (Source: WALB) Julie Hyer ran the training. (Source: WALB)
CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

The number of police officers being killed on the job is much higher than it used to be and many believe some of their deaths could have been prevented. 

One county is taking a step in hopes to cut down on the number of deaths by giving special training to officers.

"We want to save lives we don't want to take lives," said Randolph County Sheriff's Office Captain Anthony Wright. 

It's the message he wants everyone to know.

This year alone there have been more than 100 law-enforcement officers killed on duty. 

"It crushes the law-enforcement community," said Wright. 

This week the Randolph County Sheriff Department is learning how to keep them and the community safe.

"There are so many things that we can do to prevent the loss of lives in law enforcement," said Julie Hyer.

Hyer is a public safety risk consultant with the local government risk management services, co-operated by ACCG and GMA insurance. She's been teaching officers as part of the 100 lives less program since it started in 2011.

"The goal is to have law enforcement officer in the line of duty deaths below 100 in the country. We have not seen it since 1943. Unfortunately this year we will not see it," said Hyer.

There have been three officers killed in Georgia this year.

Two of those may have been preventable.

One was shot and wasn't wearing a vest and another was killed during an accident on the way to a call. 

As part of the training, officers discuss a number of situations and how they should respond.

They also will have driver simulator training where they practice driving with common obstacles that have killed officers in the past.

"It hurts every time I see a law enforcement officer lose their life," said Hyer. 

Since the launch of the national program in 2011 Hyer says the number of deaths have gone down. 

Today she shared stories and showed officers videos in hopes that next time they get in their car they will think about what they learned.

"Most of the time the first responders are going to be law enforcement and as we head to a call we need to make sure that we have our vest on, seat buckled and we need to pay attention to the traffic laws as well," said Wright. 

Captain Wright says Randolph County will host another training session on November 1st.

All local law enforcement is invited to attend. 

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